The Heat Pump Association has voiced its disappointment at the announcement from DECC of the delay to the start of commercial RHI
As the delay was imposed by the EC it is unfortunately unavoidable, however, this also offered what appeared to us to be a timely opportunity for DECC to re-consider the introduction of air to water heat pumps as the required EC changes will take time and apparently require the entire scheme to be represented to Parliament for approval once again.
In view of this the Heat Pump Association approached DECC and requested that the easiest of the air source technologies, Air to Water, should be added to the revised document so that it could be eligible as soon as the scheme takes effect. DECC has already received a large amount of data from manufacturers on capital and operating costs and Air to Water is easy to monitor and test with products immediately available.
However, in their response DECC commented that this was not possible because; a) The modelling from the Air to Water data supplied has not yet been completed, and that no tariffs could therefore be included; b) A further notification to the Commission regarding State Aid would have to be made, requiring a two month consultation period.
In short, they can’t include Air to Water now but comment that ’ we feel confident that we have sufficient data on commercial Air to Water heat pumps to present the option to Ministers of including them under Phase 2’.
This may well be the case but it represents a big missed opportunity for a majority of the supply chain, including many specifiers, who were very vocal in their disappointment when the technology was not included in the original legislation for phase 1.
Sadly this means that there is still much work to do to ensure that a full range of commercial heat pump products are ultimately included, and will need a major effort to convince DECC, yet again, that all heat pumps can play a full part. They seem to know that this is the case so why not ‘just do it’!