RHI in numbers

RHI payments are not set to end until 2036. The scheme is currently costing Northern Ireland taxpayers £85,000 a day
Gareth McKeown


2012 - The year the Renewable Heat Incentive scheme was introduced in Northern Ireland

10% - The target for renewable heat use in Northern Ireland by 2020

£25m - The budget for RHI for the period 2011-15

£15m - Underspend in 2014-15 due to lack of uptake. Applications increased "significantly" in April 2015

984 - Number of non-domestic RHI applications received in September, October and November 2015

£1.60 - Amount available in subsidy to RHI claimants for every £1 of wood pellets burnt, which led to it being dubbed the 'cash-for-ash' scandal

1,946 - Total number of applications approved under the non-domestic scheme - a 98% approval rate

53% - The proportion of RHI claimants inspected in 2016 found to be operating "contrary to the intention or spirit of the scheme"

41 - Number of RHI claimants who had their payments suspended up to February 1

460 - RHI claimants whose identities are protected under a court injunction obtained by the Renewable Heat Association

£490m - The 'maximum burden' of the botched scheme to the public purse over 20 years

£85,000 - Amount the Renewable Heat Incentive scheme is costing every day

2036 - The year RHI payments are finally scheduled to end

£1.15bn - The 20-year cost of the scheme if nothing is done according to the Comptroller & Auditor General

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