The UK Combined Heat and Power Association (CHPA) says the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) on its own will not be enough to increase the amount of CHP in the country, and will only work if a wider suite of policies are enacted.

Jonathan GrahamJonathan Graham, Policy Manager with the UKCHPA told COSPP online in response to news of the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) efforts to have more legislation come through to promote CHP that relying on the EED alone would not be sufficient to grow the industry.

“We need to make sure these new EED requirements are implemented sensibly, and we are working with our members on the details. However, I do not expect the new rules alone to markedly increase the amount of CHP in the UK. There are already requirements to consider CHP opportunities for larger plant in the UK, but as a regulatory driver it has not really had an impact.”

Mr Graham specified two particular areas where policy must be favourably developed to allow the industry to prosper.

“The Energy Efficiency Directive sets the right direction but it needs to form part of a wider suite of policies, and we need to ensure operators will get a sufficient return on their investment. Practically, this means supporting CHP with relief from the Carbon Price Support in the forthcoming Budget and implementing DECC’s commitment to a bespoke gas CHP policy.”

As part of its motivation, the 2012 Energy Efficiency Directive sets out to promote high efficiency CHP, efficient district heating and cooling infrastructure and heating and cooling from waste heat, and must be incorporated into national laws by 5th June.

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