Coronavirus: Economy department officials backed wind turbine grants #NIR

By National Wind Watch Officials at the Department for the Economy believed wind turbines “should be eligible” for coronavirus payments. Fifty-two wind turbine owners in Northern Ireland received emergency coronavirus funding from Stormont. The sector was subsequently ruled ineligible, after more than £500,000 was paid. The Department of Economy said once new information came to light, “eligibility was reconsidered” to protect the public purse. New papers obtained by the BBC Nolan Show reveal that officials “could not decide” on a way to withhold payments . . .

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