At the recent Round 2 roadshows a number of questions were raised in relation to Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) payments to private households and in particular the availability of such alongside WHF funding.
Affordable Warmth Solutions (AWS) have now received notification that Ofgem do not intend to consider WHF monies as being public funds. That being the case, we believe that applications for RHI should continue to be made to support additionality in bids to the WHF and that the recipient of the measure i.e. the householder, is able to apply for RHI funding. We would expect bidders to support householders in the RHI application process.
Whilst the final decision on individual RHI applications rests with Ofgem and there may be nuances that we have not foreseen, in most instances WHF funding should not preclude the application being successful.
We hope that these additional notes help in developing bids which will deliver real value in addressing fuel poverty