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What we, in DETI, are doing....................

Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI)

DETI has launched a Northern Ireland Renewable Heat Incentive . The incentive is available for non-domestic generators of renewable heat technologies and provides long term financial support for eligible renewable heat technologies. Further information on the scheme can be found at www.nidirect.gov.uk/energywise

The scheme will be extended to include domestic installations (probably later in 2013) but in the meantime domestic installations may be eligible for a renewable heat premium payment. Details of this scheme can be found at the link below:

Renewable Heat Premium Payment

Energy Efficiency Obligation

The Northern Ireland Executive has now agreed the final policies for a new NI Energy Bill, including the framework for an Energy Efficiency Obligation. This will enable the setting up of a new way of bringing the benefits of energy efficiency to everyone in Northern Ireland. Energy efficiency is at the heart of the Executive’s approach to safe, secure and affordable energy: it is often the quickest and most cost effective solution when compared with alternatives, saving on energy bills and reducing overall demand and it helps to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions associated with the use of fossil fuels.

The government response giving more details is available by following the attached link:

Government Response to the Consultation on Policy Proposals for the Northern Ireland Energy Bill

Gas Network Extension

Extending the natural gas network in Northern Ireland offers the potential to provide significant economic and environmental benefits to the local economy. The Utility Regulator plans to take forward a licence competition in early 2013 and award licences for taking gas to the West and North-West around the end of the year, allowing construction of new gas transmission pipelines to commence by the end of 2015.

Natural gas is the least polluting fossil fuel and further extension of the gas network would help reduce CO2 and other greenhouse gas emissions, and make it easier to achieve Northern Ireland, UK and EU emissions reductions targets.

The link below highlights the key towns currently connected to natural gas, along with those planned for future connection.

Natural Gas Availability in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland Renewables Obligation (NIRO)

The Northern Ireland Renewables Obligation (NIRO) is the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment’s main policy instrument for encouraging the development of new renewable electricity generation. The NIRO supports a wide range of renewable electricity technologies and provides a revenue support for electricity generated in the form of Renewables Obligation Certificates (ROCs). You can find out more about the NIRO and how it works at

Northern Ireland Renewables Obligation (NIRO)