Michael Doran and Orlaith McVeigh, of Action Renewables, attended a joint meeting between officials from the department of Energy in Northern Ireland, DETI, and representatives of the Bioenergy Industry in Northern Ireland on Friday 8th January 2016. The meeting was held at a farm in Greyabbey, Co.Down, owned by the BENI Chairman John Martin. The meeting discussed a number of pressing issues within the biomass industry in Northern Ireland, in particular the Renewable Heat Incentive and the effect of impending legislation on the Bioenergy industry. Representatives from DETI were questioned over the long term future of support for the renewable heat sector, with a modified renewables scheme probable in the near future. The value of bioenergy to the NI economy maintains a positive trend, supporting job creation within the industry at every level from energy crop production to marketing. The meeting was attended by Executives from IrBEA, the Irish Bioenergy Association and members of BENI, Bioenergy Northern Ireland.
Group photo: Members of BENI, Irbea and two representatives from DETI (Seamus Hughes and Peter Briggs) discuss the RHI issues at the willow field of Farm owner and BENI chair, John Martin