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Public Accounts Committee should investigate Northern Ireland Renewable Obligation scheme (NIRO) - Beggs

Roy Beggs MLA, Ulster Unionist member of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), has highlighted the need for the PAC to carry out an investigation into the generation of electricity from renewable energy in Northern Ireland. This follows the publication of the Northern Ireland Audit Office report entitled ‘Generating electricity from renewable energy’.

Mr Beggs said:

“Given the scale of the costs involved in the overpayments, and Northern Ireland`s past experience of the RHI debacle, I believe that the Public Accounts Committee should carry out a further investigation into the Northern Ireland Renewable Obligation scheme. We simply cannot afford to let this slip by.

“The Comptroller and Auditor General`s report makes for uncomfortable reading and should sound alarm bells within Government. The warning signs are there in the NIAO report. It also raises questions for the future. What will be the extra unnecessary cost to our economy and how much extra will be paid by both business and domestic electricity consumers?”

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