The Renewable Energy Association (REA) has welcomed the newly formed Wood Heat Association (WHA) as an affiliate trade association.
The announcement was made yesterday morning (22 May) by REA chief executive Dr Nina Skorupska and the WHA’s Neil Harrison at the All-Energy Exhibition & Conference in Aberdeen.
Wood heat is the fastest growing source of low carbon heating for UK homes and businesses under the Government¹s Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI).
Biomass accounts for 56 percent of investment and over 90 percent of energy generation under the scheme between 2010 and 2012.
The WHA was founded in interim form last year by wood heat companies seeking to establish a single trade body to represent the modern UK wood heating industry, from equipment manufacturers and installers to fuel producers and distributors.
The WHA Interim Board decided to establish the WHA as an affiliate association to the umbrella trade body the REA. Under the partnership, the WHA will benefit from the REA’s back-office support and proven policy expertise in much the same way as the Solar Trade Association (STA), which affiliated to the REA in 2011.
Julian Morgan-Jones, South East Wood Fuels and Interim Chairman of the WHA – “Wood heat is rapidly becoming one of the major players in UK renewables. As the industry grows, it is increasingly important to establish a clear identity and a strong voice to Government and stakeholders”
Julian Morgan-Jones, MD of South East Wood Fuels and Interim Chairman of the WHA, said: “Wood heat is rapidly becoming one of the major players in UK renewables. As the industry grows, it is increasingly important to establish a clear identity and a strong voice to Government and stakeholders. The REA is already doing great work here so there’s no need to reinvent the wheel, which is why we are very happy to be working with them.
The RHI, which is the key driver of the UK wood heat market, launched for medium and large scale commercial, industrial and public sector projects in 2011, following a political campaign led by the REA.
Last week both Houses approved amendments to the non-domestic RHI that will double the tariff for large biomass projects (1MW+), from 1p to 2p/kWh. This will boost the market, while retaining the position of biomass as the cheapest source of low carbon heating for the taxpayer.
Dr Nina Skorupska, REA Chief Executive, said: “One of the REA’s key objectives is to empower its members to achieve sustainable growth. As individual technology sectors reach that tipping point, they begin need a more distinct voice to Government and stakeholders, with dedicated resources, to keep the momentum going. We are giving the wood heat industry that extra level of support to achieve exactly that.