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Micro-CHP as an integral component of the UK’s energy strategy

On 9 November 2011, a group of leading Micro-CHP (Combined Heat and Power) companies published the report, ‘Micro-CHP as an integral component of the UK’s energy strategy,’ which highlights the potential of Micro-CHP in the UK’s transition to decarbonise its economy.


The report sets out a policy roadmap for rolling out 1 million Micro-CHP units by 2020, and recommends raising feed in tariffs for Micro-CHP by at least 15p/kWh, ensuring cost control through volume-based degradation of the tariff, changing building regulations, and eventually, removing the need for financial support.

Micro-CHP is an innovative and energy efficient boiler, which provides heating for homes while generating low carbon electricity. The most common fuel used in Micro-CHP units is natural gas.

Micro-CHP is a convenient solution, which offers cost effective emissions reductions. Through adopting Micro-CHP in the households, customers are immune to issues associated with living in remote areas, such as power cuts and inconsistent supply of electricity, and the same is true for heating, ruptured networks are no longer an issue rendering household heating secure. In addition, it allows consumers to use electricity they have personally produced encouraging reductions in their energy bills. Micro-CHP offers significant benefits to decarbonising the domestic heating systems. Some of those benefits are listed below:

Source: Micro-CHP as an integral component of the UK’s energy strategy. A strategy and policy roadmap.

“The industry is convinced that the installation of over 1 million micro-CHP units in the UK by 2020 is an achievable and credible aspiration, but that the right Government support will be key to making this happen,” COGEN Europe underlined in the press release following the publication.

The report is available here.

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