Release of names of RHI participants by the Department for the Economy

The Renewable Heat Association of Northern Ireland (RHANI) has learned that the Department for the Economy has today published names of Limited companies and other organisations who are participants in the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme.

The Renewable Heat Association hopes that this will not lead to an assumption by the public or the media that the participants are acting improperly in any way, as the simple publication of names is, in no way, evidence of wrongdoing.

Participants of the Renewable Heat Incentive entered a scheme legitimately which was designed and promoted by the Government in Northern Ireland.

The Renewable Heat Incentive scheme was launched in Northern Ireland following the success of the Renewable Heat Incentive scheme in Great Britain, which is still in operation and open to entrants.

Review Hearing – 7th March 2017

Having confirmed the former Economy Minister’s Simon Hamilton’s decision to publish individual recipients’ names was unlawful, the Court ordered the Department of Economy to pay the Renewable Heat Association’s legal costs on Tuesday 7th March.

The Court also set a trial date in June to hear the Association’s judicial review of the decision to introduce emergency legislation relating to the Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme.

The Renewable Heat Association is pleased that the Court has endorsed its view of the rights of the individual scheme participants and welcomes the decision as to costs.  Michael Doran commented ‘The Association is satisfied with this decision and looks forward to discussing the more substantive issue of the purported amendments to the scheme later this year’.

Department for the Economy – Tender technical testing, analysis and consultancy services

The Renewable Heat Association acknowledges the Department for the Economy’s recent formal tender announcement for technical testing, analysis and consultancy services in relation to the Renewable Heat Incentive scheme.

The tender includes inspections of all installations in the Renewable Heat Incentive scheme and we look forward to these findings.

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