Deficient legislation led to someone enquiring about getting taxpayers to subsidise heating a lake under a supposedly green energy government scheme, it has emerged. Problems in how the GB Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) regulations were initially enacted meant that there was no need for applicants to show that they were using energy efficiently. Today the public inquiry into the ‘cash for ash’ scandal in Northern Ireland – where the RHI scheme run by Stormont removed the cost controls in the GB scheme and made other changes which led to a perverse incentive to waste heat – was told that the enquiry about installing a lake heating system had been with a view to facilitating windsurfing on the lake. Last month a National Audit Office report sharply criticised the GB RHI scheme, saying that it had not deli vered value for money for taxpayers.
The i newspaper 15th March 2018 read more »