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‘Shambolic RHI scheme should be shut completely’ - Murphy

21 February, 2019 - by Conor Murphy

The Renewable Heating Incentive is a shambolic waste of taxpayer’s money and should be shut down completely, Sinn Féin MLA Conor Murphy has said.

The Newry Armagh MLA was speaking in advance of an expected announcement on the future of the Non-Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive scheme following a consultation carried out by the Department of the Economy.

Conor Murphy commented: “The RHI scheme has become a byword for everything that was wrong in the political system here in the North.  The DUP’s involvement in the scandal drastically undermined public confidence in the power-sharing institutions and led to a shambolic waste of taxpayers’ money.

“A consultation was carried out on the future of the scheme and Sinn Féin made it abundantly clear in our response that it should be closed down as soon as possible.

“Even with reduced tariffs, the RHI scheme is comprehensively and irretrievably flawed and spending more public money on it is unjustifiable.

“It is at best ineffective and at worse counterproductive in doing what it was supposedly established to do – reduce carbon output. 

“The RHI tariffs were more lucrative for smaller, less energy-efficient boilers and the wood pellets subsidised by RHI emit more carbon when burnt than fossil fuels.

“These flaws remain. RHI should be shut down completely and investment redirected towards building our renewable energy capacity to reduce carbon emissions and tackle climate change.”

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