26 April 2019

The Northern Ireland Affairs Committee continues its inquiry into the changes to RHI payments recently approved at Westminster, with a session hearing from vocal critics of the revised payments.


The Northern Ireland (Regional Rates and Energy) (No. 2) Act, recently passed through parliament, made changes to the payment tariff rate for installations under the non-domestic Renewable Heat Incentive scheme, also known as the “cash for ash” scheme. The changes could reportedly see severe reductions in the payments to some participants.

The Ulster Farmers Union (UFU) has criticised the new payment rate, warning that many farmers will face dramatic cash flow issues as a result. The Renewable Heat Association of NI (RHANI) has expressed similar concerns about the effect of the payment reductions, suggesting that many businesses could face ruin.

Purpose of the session

The Northern Ireland Affairs Committee will question the UFU and RHANI about the level of scrutiny given to the payment changes, and how reduced payments might affect businesses in Northern Ireland. The session will be held at Stormont in Belfast.


Room 30, Stormont, Belfast

From 9.45am

Panel 1 – Ulster Farmers Union

  • Thomas Douglas, UFU Poultry Committee and Board Member
  • Chris Osborne, UFU Senior Policy Officer

Panel 2 – Renewable Heat Association of NI

  • Andrew Trimble, Chair of RHANI
  • Avril Robson, RHANI member
  • Alan Hagen, Director of Hagen Biomass
  • Mr Robert Carmichael, RHANI member

Further information

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[Source: https://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/northern-ireland-affairs-committee/news-parliament-2017/rhi-stormont-evidence-17-19/]