Watchdog finds NI biomass boiler concerns

Auditors have confirmed suspicions that many biomass boilers in Northern Ireland are wrongly claiming a subsidy

Woodchip heating is a lucrative business in Northern Ireland. Photograph: Thorsten Schramm CC BY-SA 3.0An investigation into biomass heating in Northern Ireland has confirmed that the subsidy scheme for the sector has been widely abused.

On 30 June, the Northern Ireland Audit Office (NIAO) revealed the results of an initial investigation by consultancy PWC.1 The investigation demonstrated that the owners of most of the 295 boilers it inspected have only loosely adhered to the rules governing the province’s non-domestic renewable heat incentive (RHI).

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