Warm winter welcome for West Midlands
Land-based businesses in the West Midlands can finally enjoy a warm winter thanks to CLA lobbying, after the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) announced applications for the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) will open from today (Monday, 28 November).
Rural business watchdog, the CLA, has lobbied for more than a decade for an incentive to deliver renewable heat. Payments will be on top of existing opportunities for renewable electricity and in supplying feedstocks for renewable transport fuels.
Staffordshire based CLA regional director Caroline Bedell said: "The news that the applications are finally about to begin means farmers and landowners can benefit from the £840million payment pot set up to deliver biomass and other renewable heat technologies over a 20-year period.
"The last-minute delay to the launch of the RHI scheme in September badly affected the cash-flow of CLA members who had already geared up to launch their projects. This is great news for the local rural economy as the RHI will provide markets for sustainable heat, drive down carbon emissions and offer new business opportunities."
Mrs Bedell added: "Timber prices have been on the climb as a result of the popularity of woodfuel, and this incentive will provide an added shot-in-the-arm to forest and woodland owners, most of whom have hardly seen any profits this century."
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Caroline Bedell MRICS FAAV
Caroline leads the Midlands team and has overall responsibility for the management of the CLA’s regional business and membership.
A qualified Chartered Surveyor respected throughout the industry, she also represents the CLA on a wide range of regional committees and panels.
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