RHI – The debacle

So now we still await the Coughlan report.
The process has been very unflattering for the renewable energy industry and it will be a long time before public faith in subsidised energy sources will recover. If you have not yet read “Burned” by Sam McBride it is highly recommended. Ali has a mention in the book which highlights how we provided professional, impartial advice which was also demonstrated when he appeared at the inquiry.

It is vital that future policies are developed which prevent gaming and exploitation of over-generous subsidy regimes and there is a high probability that some form of capital subsidy may re-emerge despite the inflationary impact this always has on the cost of hardware. History shows that the Renewable Obligation scheme had an inflationary impact on hardware prices.