NI: NI farmers’ union and energy company seek judicial review against DETI subsidy changes
The Ulster Farmers’ Union and wind energy company Simple Power Ltd have lodged papers seeking leave for a judicial review against Northern Ireland’s Department of Enterprise Trade and Investment (DETI).
The farmers’ union said it was taking action against the department because of its proposals to end an onshore wind farm subsidy scheme in April 2016, rather than in 2017 as originally announced.
It said many farmers in Northern Ireland had invested in turbine applications with an expectation that the subsidies would not change until at least 2017.
A spokesperson for DETI said the final decision was subject to a consultation announced in September. However, the farmers’ union is seeking to quash the consultation altogether.
A hearing is expected to be heard in the High Court in Belfast in January.