Green Party publishes RHI consultation response

Friday 07 September 2018

The Green Party has said the RHI scheme must return to its original purpose of environmental protection after the abuse by some as a get rich quick scheme and serious mismanagement. 

The call comes in a consultation submission to the Department for the Economy on the future of the Non-Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI).

The Green Party response focuses on environmental grounds as the key consideration concerning the continuation of the scheme. The scheme is recommended to continue in a sustainable way. Sustainability is discussed in both environmental and financial terms, with two key recommendations.

Firstly, that the scheme continues with an enhanced commitment to sustainability through the use of locally sourced woody residue as boiler fuel, not the felling of healthy trees for pellets.

Secondly, that the RHI tariffs represent a reasonable rate of return that eradicates “burn to earn” incentives and provides the lowest expenditure for the pubic purse.

Steven Agnew MLA said: “I want to see a return on the original concept of a sustainable RHI scheme. Sustainable in terms of the green energy generated by RHI boilers and sustainable for the public purse.

“Green energy schemes are needed if we are to curb climate change and fuel poverty. My fear is that the shameful abuse and mismanagement of RHI will put a black mark against these green schemes for some time to come.

“It will take time, but a truly sustainable RHI scheme and accountability for past mismanagement and abuse through the ongoing RHI enquiry process may go some way to rebuilding public confidence in green energy schemes”.


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Read our full response here: GPNI RHI 2018 Response (Final)


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