Anyone who is concerned about the rising costs of their energy bills should also be interested in the ways in which the use and supply of energy is changing.
Renewable energy isn't just about using so called 'clean' sources such as wind, tidal and solar power, but it revolves around the development of a programme to integrate the traditional fossil fuels with the fast-growing renewable generation sectors.
Innovative renewable heat initiative
One of the major initiatives under way in the UK is the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), which is the worlds first long-term financial support programme for renewable heat.
The announcement that the launch of RHI has been pushed back to spring 2014 means that the scheme aimed at incentivising householders to install renewable heat technologies has now been delayed twice.
However, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) said that the programmes will be up and running for domestic properties in the first quarter of 2014.
Greg Barker, climate change minister, said that the RHI remained a key part of its overall approach to make sure the UK meets carbon reduction targets. We remain committed to introducing an incentive scheme for householders, he announced.
The domestic aspect of the scheme is for householders who are looking to replace their current heating system with a supported renewable heat technology, as well as offering further support for other householders who have already installed a renewable heat technology since July 2009.
More major changes on the way
There is already a non-domestic scheme in operation that provides payments to industry, businesses and public sector organisations and supports renewable heat installations in business, industry and the public sector.
However, the roll out to domestic customers is expected to be one of the biggest changes to the way renewable energy is viewed in 2014.
Paul Barwell, chief executive of the Solar Trade Association (STA) said: We need a boost for our UK manufacturers and installers so that we have a strong supply chain ready for the introduction of the RHI next year.
Increasing the solar thermal RHPP from £300 to £600 would not cost any more as install rates have halved since the peak in 2010, he explained.
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