Baxi, the heating and hot water solutions provider for the specification sector, has welcomed the news that the Department of Energy and Climate Change will publish its Phase 2 consultation on Feed-in Tariffs (FiTs) on February 9th 2012.
On 26thJanuary 2012, Energy Minister, the Rt. Hon. Chris Huhne, MP, issued a written Ministerial Statement which stated:
“We want as far as possible to minimise the uncertainty for PV and other technologies eligible for support under FITs. We are therefore still intending to publish the phase 2 consultation by 9th February. This will include proposed tariffs for other FITs technologies and a set of reform proposals for the scheme. We are also intending to publish the Government’s response to the other aspects of the phase 1 consultation that are not affected by the Judicial Review (namely the proposals on energy efficiency and for multi-installation tariff rates).”
“This is good news for the broader renewables sector” says Simon Osborne, Specification Channel Manager at Baxi. “The uncertainty around FITs generated by the Court of Appeal challenge which focused exclusively on solar technologies is not helpful to manufacturers of other important renewables, such as, micro-CHP (Combined Heat and Power). We have worked hard with otherUKmicro-CHP providers to push for an increase in tariff to 15p. We trust that the Government will take account of our case and that the proposed tariffs will continue to move the micro-generation sector forward.”
Baxi manufactures the country’s only commercially available micro-CHP unit for the home, the award-winning Baxi Ecogen. This type of dual energy appliance can generate 1kWh of electricity, while also providing abundant supplies of space heating and hot water for a property. The unit responds to an initial heat demand up to 6kW by igniting the engine’s gas burner. The heat causes the inert gas inside the unit’s Free Piston Stirling Engine (FPSE) to expand, displacing the piston between a copper coil. As a result, electricity is generated in a similar way to an alternator in a car.