30/08/2018

Sinn Féin Calls For Closure Of RHI Scheme

Sinn Féin has called for the closure of the Renewable Heating Incentive (RHI) scheme.

The party's Economy Spokesperson Conor Murphy made the call in response to the Department for the Economy's consultation on the future of RHI.

Mr Murphy said: "RHI is not a good scheme which went wrong. It is a bad scheme which was made even worse.

"We are now aware that a report commissioned before it was set up showed RHI was more expensive, less effective in promoting renewable heat, and higher risk than an alternative scheme. Despite this clear evidence Minister Foster opted for RHI.
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"A bad scheme was made worse by serious design flaws.

"Tariffs were more lucrative for smaller, less energy-efficient boilers.

"The wood pellets subsidised by RHI emit more carbon when burnt than fossil fuels.

"These flaws will remain if RHI is continued.

"Spending more public money on a scheme that is at best ineffective and at worse counterproductive to carbon reduction is unjustifiable.

"RHI is comprehensively and irretrievably flawed. It should be closed down as soon as possible and we should invest in building our renewable energy capacity to reduce carbon emissions and tackle climate change."

(MH/CM)

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