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Department for the Economy – 21st December 2017

December 21st, 2017

“Since the introduction of the 2017 Regulations the overall cost of the Scheme has reduced and the return on investment for participants has been brought more into line with the original intention of the Scheme. It is our intention, subject to the necessary legislative approval, to extend the 2017 Regulations for up to a further […]

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RHANI Statement – 21st December 2017

December 21st, 2017

Andrew Trimble, Executive Chair, Renewable Heat Association NI (RHANI) said; The Judgment handed down in this matter is complex and we are naturally disappointed. We will meet with our legal team to discuss the implications and then discuss our strategic roadmap at a General Meeting of our members. The judgment also has significant consequences for the […]

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Date for Judgement of Judicial Review

December 19th, 2017

A few minutes ago, we learned that the Judgement in our Judicial Review will be handed down in the High Court, on Thursday 21st December at 11:00am. Members may wish to attend.  RHANI will handle all press inquiries and will provide a press release.  At this stage, and until the Judgement is handed down in […]

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‘€600 million/year’ fine if Ireland misses 2020 renewable energy targets

November 1st, 2017

By Niall Claffey 28th October 2017   “We are potentially looking at a €600 million/year fine for missing the 2020 targets – where’s the urgency?” This was the headline message from the Irish Farmers’ Association’s (IFA’s) renewable energy chairman, James Murphy, when he addressed a healthy crowd at the Energy Now Expo 2017 in Cillin Hill, Co. Kilkenny, on […]

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Claimants should have known our RHI ‘guarantee’ might be broken, says department

October 16th, 2017

Friday 13th October 2017 By Sam McBride Although government told RHI claimants that the subsidies were set in stone for 20 years, boiler owners should have realised that there was the possibility of change, a government lawyer has told Belfast High Court. Despite the fact that the RHI subsidy levels were set out in statute, […]

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Department’s lawyer admits ‘catastrophic error’ in RHI scheme

October 9th, 2017

By Sam McBride 9th October 2017 A lawyer for the Stormont department responsible for the RHI scandal has admitted in court to a “catastrophic error” in how it set up the scheme. Speaking for the first time today on the fourth day of a judicial review case which RHI claimants have taken against the department, […]

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Media Coverage of Judicial Review – week commencing 2nd October 2017

October 6th, 2017

Please find below links to a range of media coverage featuring this week’s Judicial Review.   3rd August – Irish Farmers Journal: RHI costs well below £100m – original £490m figure incorrect claim RHANI 4th October – Fresh Produce Journal: Mushroom growers count costs of biomass scandal 4th October – BBC: RHI officials ‘showed crass incompetence’ […]

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UTV: ‘Crass incompetence’ shown by RHI officials, court hears

October 4th, 2017

Cutting the level of Renewable Heat Incentive payments “flew in the face of” all Stormont assurances, the High Court has heard. Counsel representing a group of boiler owners insisted they signed up to the green energy scheme on the basis that tariff rates would be guaranteed for 20 years. He also set out the financial […]

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Belfast Telegraph: RHI scheme was let down by incompetence, hopeless oversight and a catalogue of errors, court hears

October 4th, 2017

By Alan Erwin October 4 2017 Northern Ireland’s Renewable Heat Incentive scheme was let down by incompetence, hopeless oversight and a catalogue of errors, the High Court heard on Wednesday. Counsel for a group of boiler owners challenging cuts to their payments under the botched initiative claimed the Stormont department at the helm ignored opportunities to […]

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JUDICIAL REVIEW – LAWFULNESS OF DEPARTMENT FOR THE ECONOMY ACTIONS

October 3rd, 2017

A Judicial Review commences on 4th October, 2017.  The parties to the matter are the Renewable Heat Association Northern Ireland and the  Department for the Economy (Northern Ireland).  The Renewable Heat Association is challenging the lawfulness of the emergency 2017 Regulations – http://www.legislation.gov.uk/nisr/2017/32/contents/made The Association, representing the interests of its approximately 600 members in their ethical […]

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