RHI take up concentrated in affluent south, showing scheme only fit for wealthy few says OFTEC

RHI take up concentrated in affluent south, showing scheme only fit for wealthy few says OFTEC.

According to the first quarterly OFGEM review of homes installing renewable heating technologies under the government’s domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme, the largest uptake has taken place in the affluent south of England which underlines the concerns that the RHI is only viable for wealthy homeowners. Almost half (45,9%) of the households adopting the scheme are situated in this region of England which has the highest concentration of gas grid connected homes although the RHI targets off gas grid homes. Furthermore, a recent survey conducted by OFTEC and Watson Petroleum of 750 oil heated homes showed that only 4% would consider switching to an air source heat pump while 73% would rather go for an upgrade of their condensing boiler. According to OFTEC, a more realistic alternative would have been for the government to introduce a simple, all-inclusive boiler scrappage scheme. 

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