RHI boiler owners granted leave to judicially review decision to publish names
The High Court granted leave to hundreds of Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) boiler owners to judicially review government plans to publish their names.
The RHI scheme was set up to encourage businesses and other non-domestic users to move from using fossil fuels to renewable heating schemes. However, the contracts permitted users to financially profit from the schemes by enabling them to earn £1.60 for every £1 of fuel burned. This led to many users burning fuel unnecessarily for the purpose of making a substantial profit.
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