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John Armstrong is an engineer whose career has spanned the extremes of the energy industry – giving him a front-row seat on the energy roller-coaster. He began his career constructing oil...

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  • Jul 22, 2020

Lots of really solid recommendations for decarbonizing heat in this report from the Confederation of British Industry:

  • End the sale of new oil-fired boilers (there are several million off grid properties in the UK still using oil for home heating!)
  • New domestic systems need to be Hydrogen Ready.... 
  • Create a National Delivery Body to coordinate heat decarbonisation
  • Fund energy efficiency upgrades

Overall nothing in there you wouldn't expect however its good to see some clear actions the government should do.

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Matt Chester on Jul 22, 2020

End the sale of new oil-fired boilers

I imagine those who produce/sell these boilers would have something strong to say in response to this. How would that be handled by the government? Would there be any sort of economic assistance provided to them? And what sort of lead time would they be given to adjust for this portion of their business going away?

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John Armstrong on Jul 23, 2020

I would imagine they are hoping to sell a lot of Hydrogen boilers!! I've not heard of any subsidy.....  I actually think this will happen anyway as with the current subsidy (Renewable heat incentive) heat pumps are far more cost effecitve than oil boilers.


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Matt Chester on Jul 23, 2020

Just a question of who gets that first mover advantage in hydrogen boilers, I suppose!

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