The RHI is administered by the energy regulator Ofgem
This is an overview of the administrative arrangements
The scheme administrator, Ofgem, is responsible for overseeing the whole scheme and maintaining the register of eligible systems and the tariffs paid to them. This factsheet describes how they see their responsibilities.
Ofgem has published its proposed guidance documents, which break the process into to parts:
The adminstrators in particular oversee the following processes:
Ofgem has a set process for registering systems for the RHI; this covers:
- Where appropriate pre-accrediting larger systems
- Reviewing the applications which can be on-line, by phone or in writing
- Checking the details against the eligibility criteria
- If the requirements are met, accrediting the system
If this all sounds rather daunting, you can get help with registration – see here.
Most of the following procedures are covered by Volume 2 of Ofgem’s guidance.
Making RHI payments
The payment process as seen from the recipent’s perspective, is described here.
Maintaining the register, reporting and inspections
Ofgem will prepare annual reports on the progress of the scheme.
There are many sanctions available to Ofgem in this regard, including:
- Suspending or withholding payment temporarily or permanently
- Reducing payments and adjusting them retrospectively
- Excluding participants from the scheme
- Acting against certified installers who don’t follow the rules
- Prosecuting for fraud
How the administration will be handled
Ofgem issue guidance documents on how all the administrative procedures will be managed (see above).
It has also issued a brief leaflet on the RHI.