“Heating Empty Buildings”: Billion Pound British Biomass Subsidy Scandal

Watts Up With That?

Inside a Wood Pellet Heater. Inside a Wood Pellet Heater. By H. Raab (User:Vesta) (Own work) [GFDL, CC-BY-SA-3.0 or CC BY-SA 2.0 at], via Wikimedia CommonsGuest essay by Eric Worrall

h/t Breitbart – The Times reports that a badly designed British biomass subsidy has led to a gold rush of people cashing in, by heating empty buildings.

Taxpayers face £1bn bill over green energy subsidy scandal

A botched green energy scheme that has ignited a political crisis is on course to cost taxpayers more than £1 billion.

The Treasury faces the bill after a massive overspend on subsidies encouraging farmers and businesses in Northern Ireland to run eco-friendly power schemes. The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) was supposed to cost £25 million in its first five years but the bill is likely to reach £1.15 billion over 20 years.

The Treasury can claw back £490 million from the block grant to Northern…

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