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OFTEC welcomes RHI introduction

2010-11-03 11:31:17

The government’s confirmation of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) programme has been welcome by the Oil Firing Technical Association (OFTEC).

The RHI is to be launched by April 2011, although few details of how it will work are known at this stage. OFTEC’s director, Jenny Hawksley, said that she welcomed the news that no levy will be introduced on heating oil sales to pay for the RHI.

She stated, "The original draft RHI contained incentives for a new generation of blended bio-liquids for heating which could replace 100 per cent kerosene, and we urge the government to include those at the subsidy level which was originally proposed."

OFTEC research has found that heating oil combined with a substance called fatty acid methyl ether, (FAME) may help to reduce emissions by up to 28 per cent.

If you are a heating oil user you can sign up to the Team Energy boiler maintenance scheme to ensure your existing oil-fired heating system is running as efficiently as possible. Under the scheme, OFTEC registered engineers will visit your home to carryout regular services and spot any problems, preventing nasty surprises and huge bills when your boiler breaksdown.