Biomass Myths and the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) Exposed

The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) offers subsidies to people who use renewable energy, like biomass, in place of fossil fuels. Not only do consumers save money on their heating bills, they also receive government incentives offering attractive returns for 20 years. It’s quite understandable that the majority of biomass users don’t install a system for the green credentials but rather for the fuel savings and the added bonus of the RHI. Large industrial users such as poultry farmers will not only see huge fuel savings, RHI and a greener business but the heat produced by the biomass system can increase productivity by up to 30%. Despite the reduction in carbon, less of a reliance on fossil fuels, the financial support that the RHI can offer and improvements biomass is making for businesses, the biomass sector is often criticised for not being carbon neutral and there is strong resistance to using taxpayer’s money to fund such incentives. In this article we look at such myths and provide the facts.

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Myth – companies receive subsidies for burning imported wood fuel, which rather than being carbon neutral, increase the carbon footprint.

Fact – companies are only eligible for the government’s RHI incentives when the fuel used in the biomass system is from a wood supplier registered with the Biomass Supplier List (BSL).


Myth – Trees are cut down purely for biomass and as result we are losing great UK forestry.

Fact – Huge parts of UK forestry have been under managed for a very long time. There are serval reasons as to why biomass is a positive factor for UK forestry. By cutting selected trees down for biomass the canopy is opened up allowing sunlight to fill the forest floor providing new life for otherwise struggling plants. The forestry industry is given a boost allowing growth while creating more jobs. Trees that are left to fall down by their own accord will decay producing methane which is 21 times worse than the carbon released by burning the tree in a biomass boiler. By producing a UK based heating fuel means less of a reliance on imported fossil fuels which in turn will help improve the UK economy.


Myth – companies receive subsidies for burning low quality, and therefore inefficient, fuel.

Fact – there are strict guidelines on the quality of fuel that can be burned and all fuel must be WID compliant. Again subsidies are only paid when the boiler is running efficiently.


If you are currently using LPG, oil or electricity to power your heating or industrial process, you could benefit from using biomass as an alternative. Not only will you save money on your fuel costs but you will see a quick return on your investment with the RHI lasting 20 years.

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