Ban on oil heating or double subsidies for renewable heat

It’s actually funny, no one wants to regulate everything about bans and patronize people, but when you write about bans, you have the same number of readers and a corresponding number of reactions or answers. Such is the case with Cornelia Daniel’s posts on the Ecoquent-Positions blog when she wrote about the ban on oil and gas heating in new Danish homes. Today she wrote a corresponding article about the demand for a ban on oil heating in Austria from 2015 and again many readers and reactions.

It is about a demand from the EEÖ (Association of Renewable Energy Austria), which is striving for a heat transition in Austria. The goal is quite short-term: by 2020, 55% of the required space heating should come from renewable energy sources. In order to achieve this goal, the association has put together an extensive package of measures. These include the ban on the installation of oil heating systems, a boiler replacement premium, tax depreciation of the investment, an increase in the subsidy rate on oil and gas production, and the introduction of a CO2– Tax, information offensive and role model effect of the public sector as well as removal of legal barriers. According to the association, the share of renewable energy sources in space heating in Austria was already 41% in 2011, so the target is probably not that far away.

For me, the most important message of the report is that space heating must remain affordable. Heat from fossil fuels is becoming more and more expensive, but everyone should be able to afford it.

Funding for solar thermal energy doubled in Great Britain

The demands for Austria go far beyond the ban, because it also needs incentives for new technologies. Surprisingly, however, oil heaters are not on the dying branch of the heating market, as the trend scenario of the house heating study by Shell and the BdH shows (see graphic).

But you can also go completely different ways to increase the share of renewable energies in the heating market. Today the magazine Sonne, WindWärme reported on the doubling of solar thermal subsidies in Great Britain. The Renewable Heat Premium Payment (RHPP) grants for solar thermal systems are increasing to now £600 (about €707). The subsidy for biomass boilers will increase to £2,000 and for heat pumps there will be £1,300 for air and £2,300 for ground source heat pumps.

The RHPP program is limited in time until March 2014 and is primarily aimed at private households that are not connected to the public gas network. There will then be a feed-in tariff for renewable heat, the so-called Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). This feed-in tariff already exists for large systems, such as those used by companies and municipalities. This amounts to 9.2 p/kWh for solar heat over a period of 20 years, see table for feed-in tariffs.

Associated with the higher subsidy is an obligation for energy advice, which is intended to identify sensible savings measures.

It is also interesting to note that the British solar association Solar Trade Association (STA) has advertised the higher subsidy via a social media campaign, including its own blog and the

Which way should one go in Germany to increase the proportion of renewable energies in space heating? Or is it enough if we continue to focus on the power transition?

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