Rainbow Heat and Power Explain the New Criteria on Wood fuel for the RHI Scheme

20 November 2014

During 2015 the Government plan to launch the new biomass fuel sustainability criteria for the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). These criteria will affect both the domestic and commercial RHI participants, whether they be already accredited to the scheme or new applicants.

How to Meet the Criteria

Commercial RHI Participants

Option A: Source wood fuel from the Biomass Suppliers List (BSL). OFGEM will then require a quarterly declaration (along with your quarterly RHI meter reading) that the wood fuel used within that period was sourced correctly. The regulations have also stated that you should keep records of your BSL registered supplier and delivery notes for a period of 5 years.

Option B: If you use an unregistered supplier for your wood fuel but you are confident of their sustainability, you can make quarterly declarations (along with your quarterly RHI meter readings) that the fuel you have used for that period meets the GHG and sustainability criteria. To evidence this declaration you will need to submit an annual sustainability audit to OFGEM at your own cost.

Domestic RHI Participants

There is only one option for domestic RHI biomass boiler projects. All wood fuel sourced for use in biomass boilers will need to be registered on the Biomass Suppliers List (BSL) at the time of consumption. Annual declarations will be required by OFGEM to confirm the wood fuel has been sourced correctly. The regulations have also stated that you should keep records of your BSL registered supplier and delivery notes for a period of 5 years.

Self-Suppliers (Domestic and Commercial RHI)

When using your own wood fuel you must register this with the Biomass Supplier List (BSL) in order to make quarterly declarations as above.  Participants with a heat capacity of 1MW or over are unable to register as a self-supplier.

As a self-supplier you do not need to evidence compliance with the sustainability criteria but you will need to prove evidence such as a forest management plan or Felling Licence.

Biomass Suppliers List (BSL)

This website is now live, with a search facility to source and procure sustainable wood fuel in your area. The Government is urging all participants to start sourcing their wood fuel from the BSL site as soon as possible.

Although suppliers listed on the site all be approved to have met the sustainability criteria this is not a guarantee of quality. All participants of the RHI are also reminded to check their wood fuel products meet the quality standard required, such as EN Plus.

Click here to register as a self-supplier or a supplier to RHI participants, Or for anymore information please contact Rainbow heat and Power on 01884 212 044 or hello@rainbowheatandpower.co.uk