A joint meeting between officials from the department of Energy in Northern Ireland, DETI, and representatives from BENI took place on Friday 8th January 2016. The meeting was held at a farm in Greyabbey,, 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 beyond 2017. 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.