The Northern Ireland Affairs Committee begins its inquiry into the new reduced payments for the RHI scheme with a session featuring representatives from Moy Park – a major poultry producer in Northern Ireland which comprises many farms using the RHI scheme.
Wednesday 24 April, Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House
- Justin Coleman, Agri Business and Live Production Services Director
Purpose of the session
The Northern Ireland (Regional Rates and Energy) (No. 2) Act, recently passed through parliament, made changes to the payment tariff rate for installations under the non-domestic Renewable Heat Incentive scheme, also known as the "cash for ash" scheme.
The changes could reportedly see severe reductions in the payments to some participants. The Northern Ireland Affairs Committee’s inquiry will examine the level of scrutiny given to these payment changes, and how the reduced payments might affect businesses in Northern Ireland.
In the first session of the inquiry, the Committee will take evidence from Moy Park, a poultry producer and the largest employer in Northern Ireland. Many of the poultry houses Moy Park farmers run in Northern Ireland are recipients of RHI payments.
The Committee will focus on whether Moy Park has made any assessment of how its farmers will be affected by the changes to RHI payments, including whether they anticipate any of their farmers making use of the proposed buy-out scheme.
Moy Park gave evidence to the independent inquiry into the Renewable Heat Incentive scheme chaired by Sir Patrick Coghlin.
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