Image caption, The RHI boiler project led to a three-year collapse of the decentralized government of Stormont figcaption>
An Antrim County farmer who installed boilers under the flawed Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) program has lost litigation over fuel cuts payments.
Poultry farmer Thomas Forgrave was allowed to seek judicial review of the 2019 legislation.
He had reduced the payments owners could receive from £ 13,000 to £ 2,000 per boiler.
He argued that people who originally signed up were entitled to guaranteed rates for 20 years.
The case was closed after the court learned that Mr Forgrave had received more than 1.1 millionpounds sterling in payments since joining the program in 2014, after spending just over £ 500,000.
The RHI program was set up to encourage businesses and other non-domestic users to switch to environmentally friendly fuels.
But there were flaws in the way the Northern Ireland program was built - the subsidies were higher than the fuel costs.
When n potential costs to taxpayers arose, the program became known as cash for ash and helped lead to the collapse of Stormont in 2017.
The program has been closed to new entrants in 2016.
A public inquiry found a series of breaches, but no evidence of illegal activity.
Mr. Forgrave a challenged the Northern Ireland (Regional Tariffs and Energy) Act 2019.
'Exemplary ' candidate for the program.
He argued that the department had violated his property right protected by European law.
Amid concerns over reduced income rates, he restructured bank loans taken out to pay for the boilers he installed.
The judge said the key question waswhether the legislation imposed an unfair and excessive burden on Mr. Forgrave, who was described in court as an "exemplary" claimant of the program.
Charles McQuillan Diagram RHI in numbers
- £ 30million The amount Stormont had to pay to cover the actual overrun
- 490-700 M £ Cost of the planned overrun over 20 years before the RHI reform
- £ 38,000 Average cost of the most popular size RHI boiler
- £ 23,000 Average annual subsidy payment per boiler before tariff reductions
- £ 2,000 Average annual subsidy payment after tariff reductions
- 2.128 Total number of RHI boilers in NI, many in the poultry industry
"I recognize that while the 2019 The scheme is quite different from the original from 2012, the scheme remains in place following intervention to eliminate the faults that caused overcompensation, "Justice Humphreys said.
"I have therefore concluded that the required fair balance between the general interest and the interest of the individual has been achieved in the present case ", he said. added.