The renewables industry has lodged a formal complaint about a Northern Ireland Audit Office report that found excessive subsidies are being paid to owners of wind turbines. Industry representative body RenewableNI said that the work was “not fit for purpose” and should be disregarded. But the Audit Office has “strongly refuted” the assertion. RenewableNI took issue with the report published in October. It focused on stand-alone single wind turbines, not big wind farms. The report used the example of a turbine that could earn £95,000 per year in subsidies and pay back the £300,000 build cost in four years, enjoying a further 16 years of payments. There are 1,200 such stand-alone turbines in Northern Ireland. The Audit Office said the payments, raised from a levy on customers’ electricity bills, were “excessive”.
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