EnviroSense was involved in the Biomass Suppliers List (BSL) workshop on the 10th February 2016 at DECC (now the department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS)) and it was evident that a faster and more effective registration service was required.
A series of changes are now planned with the Biomass Suppliers List. The most significant for business is the planned introduction of registration charges. This is proposed from January 2017 though listed companies have the opportunity to comment via survey monkey. BEIS have issued a Consultation Supporting Document . Before commenting, we suggest you read the BSL fee overview document and the supporting document.
In summary, the BSL fee overview document does not contain any proposed costs and only that the cost of administering BSL is to the borne by registrants of the BSL. In principle this makes sense, though it is not clear if this will increase Gemserve’s and partners profits (HETAS and Woodsure) who are the commercial organisations that won the contract for the BSL.
As many companies claiming the Non-Domestic Renewables Heat Incentive (RHI) use wood biomass listed on the Biomass Suppliers List, it is clear that the List is ingrained in the heat market. Therefore not electing to continue to be listed is not an option for many companies.
Additionally, as Non-Domestic Renewables Heat Incentive (RHI) claimants that have a feedstock’s which include a large proportion from BSL registered companies may find that some suppliers are reduced as they simply cannot afford to be listed.
The Ofgem Sustainability Audit (ISAE 3000) is a significantly simpler audit if the installation is sourcing BSL listed fuels and whether BSL registered companies decrease is at the moment only speculation. For more information on the RHI Ofgem Sustainability Audit (ISAE 3000) please click this link.