Perhaps the most striking aspect of the NIRO wind scheme is how it incentivises owners of bigger turbines to deliberately restrict their output to earn more money. Nonetheless, it took six years to get it moved to where it had planning permission. An opportunity for people to ask questions that matters to them to a panel of politicians and others. The fund has added two more turbines since, including two big earners in north Antrim. Presented by Mandy McAuley, Jennifer O’Leary and Darragh McIntyre, it will be broadcast simultaneously on BBC One NI and BBC Four. BBC Spotlight, Plymouth. I've worked as a reporter and a producer on all of the above programmes delivering original, agenda setting stories or studio/gallery producing live output. "A wily business person would see that as an over-incentive and a way to lose money quickly.". playWhat impact has Covid had on global climate? "If it was half, it still would be very, very generous" said Ms McLaughlin. BBC Spotlight is the most watched TV programme in the South West of England. Episode One can be viewed now on the BBC … .css-14iz86j-BoldText{font-weight:bold;}Fifteen years ago, hardly any of the electricity we use in Northern Ireland came from renewable sources like wind and solar power. T he sixth episode of BBC NI's Spotlight on the Troubles: A Secret History, claims there were three key gunmen in the notorious Mid-Ulster LVF, led in … Just under a minute later, a breakdown graphic appeared, accompanied by a verbal apology from the announcer. ... BBC Spotlight hired an outdoor screen as part of filming for a forthcoming 'review of the year' programme. Economist Prof Gordon Hughes told Spotlight he believes a derated turbine could get its owners their initial costs back in just two years, with 18 years of income to meet ongoing costs. BBC Northern Ireland 09:44, 26 DEC 2020. "And that they didn't envisage the ways that people's behaviour may change. If you provide a very lucrative scheme, you will be absolutely completely assured you get pick up from investors.". The cost matters because we're all paying for it through our electricity bills. Industry sources have told BBC NI’s Spotlight programme that an eight-year payback period is more likely to be accurate. Mrs Foster told Spotlight she was content her decisions on the pay-out were based on evidence and advice from experts about technology costs. Business Journalist in BBC Northern Ireland. In the year to March 2020, renewable sources provided almost 47% of our power, easily hitting the Northern Ireland Executive's target of 40% by 2020. Spotlight's investigation revealed that by 2016, when the scheme closed, the NI scheme was four times more generous. How effective is Stormont’s test and trace strategy to reduce the spread of coronavirus? Attention will then be focused on Stormont's Public Accounts Committee, which is due to hold a hearing on the Audit Office's findings in the new year. A BBC Spotlight programme, aired last night, has revealed that Dr Michael Watt, the Consultant Neurologist at the centre of the large patient recall by the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust, carried out hundreds of unnecessary procedures. There are three times as many single turbines per square mile in … The department told Spotlight Prof Hughes had shown no evidence he had the necessary information to make his calculations. But the scheme that did much of the heavy lifting to get us there, the Northern Ireland Renewables Obligation (NIRO), is under ongoing scrutiny. The programme will be broadcast tonight at 9pm on BBC One NI and BBC Four. In the year to March 2020, we calculate the business made almost £390,000 in ROCs from the new turbines. The focus has fallen particularly on single turbines. In Northern Ireland, a domestic abuse call is made to the police on average every 17 minutes. 14:00-16:00. After the hum of the turbine caused sleepless nights for him and his family, Mr Rice quickly discovered it was in the wrong place. By Conor Macauley BBC NI Agriculture & Environment Correspondent. Spotlight's investigation revealed that by 2016, when the scheme closed, the NI scheme was four times more generous. Also in HD. Presented by Noel Thompson, the programme is your chance to put a question or comment to a panel of invited guests, on issues affecting your lives. Conor Spackman investigates the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on cancer patients. Renewable energy body lodges complaint over NI Audit Office report, How bad information went viral in 2020. VideoWhat impact has Covid had on global climate? By Conor Spackman and Claire IrwinBBC Spotlight. The last episode (8 Feb) of the BBC NI current affairs programme Spotlight was investigation into the water crisis that affected the north over the Christmas/New Year. Mandy McAuley looks at the impact of the second Covid-19 wave on the NI health service. Unemployment too. 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Mandy McAuley looks at the impact of the second Covid-19 wave on the NI health service. Moncrieff. BBC Spotlight is the most watched TV programme in the South West of England. Conor Spackman investigates a controversial green energy scheme. © 2020 BBC. One, outside Dunloy, earned, by our estimation, about £260,000 in ROCs in the year to March 2020, easily outstripping the £95,000 cited as a typical income in the Audit Office report. [S] The big energy companies then pass the cost of all the ROCs on to us through our electricity bills. He also made a … It is a remarkable achievement, good news for the environment and our energy security. It's a lawful practice called derating - for example taking a 900kW turbine and restricting its output to 250kW to qualify for the most generous band. The breakdown music seemed to be inadvertently dipped early on. The number of ROCs paid to single turbine owners in Northern Ireland has become controversial. The latest BBC Spotlight NI news from Newstalk. Damien Rice, from Castlewellan, told Spotlight that in 2013, without him receiving any prior notification, a turbine went up beside his house. Alannah said the turning point for her was when she thought she “could die”. Mr Rice said he believed the turbine was put nearer to his home because it was higher and therefore windier, and "more wind means more money". The second episode in BBC Spotlight’s seven-part series A Secret History of the Troubles picks up the conflict timeline in 1972 and runs through to 1979. It is a view which is echoed by the man who hopes to … Renewable NI has commissioned its own report into the costs and benefits of turbines, which is due to be published before Christmas. He spent 12 years as a reporter on the flagship current affairs programme Spotlight, and was appointed investigations correspondent for BBC News NI five years ago. .css-1xgx53b-Link{font-family:ReithSans,Helvetica,Arial,freesans,sans-serif;font-weight:700;-webkit-text-decoration:none;text-decoration:none;color:#FFFFFF;}.css-1xgx53b-Link:hover,.css-1xgx53b-Link:focus{-webkit-text-decoration:underline;text-decoration:underline;}Read about our approach to external linking. Was a 'green' scheme as friendly to our environment as it should have been? 36,870 talking about this. By contrast, a turbine of the same size in a wind farm would have earned about £60,000 for the same amount of power. April 11, 2012 at 5:45 pm. The value of ROCs from single turbines was well illustrated in 2018. 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Covid cases rise in the UK as the number of people in England's hospitals goes above the first peak. Saudi jails woman activist despite global outcry, Atlantic discovery: 12 new species in the deep, 'She is very beautiful and intelligent but she is Indian', .css-q4by3k-IconContainer{display:none;height:1em;width:1em;vertical-align:-0.125em;margin-right:0.25em;}playHow bad information went viral in 2020. A church outreach worker “may be one of Northern Ireland’s most prolific serial killers still alive today” it is claimed tonight. That's very common in economic policy.". Those between 50kW and 250kW, the kind we have all grown more used to seeing, spinning in solitude in our verdant landscape. This Spotlight programme is now available to watch on the BBC iPlayer. Cloughmills businessmen Brian and Liam McGuckian have replaced two 250kW turbines with 900kW turbines which have been derated. Brian and Liam McGuckian said any public concern about the scheme was a matter for those in charge of it. The Department for the Economy said that small-scale wind was not representative of the scheme nor of onshore wind generally. It said our rate of payment was based on technology costs in Northern Ireland and it did not accept that it should have cut back just because Westminster did. The Audit Office report said that after 2014, Northern Ireland's scheme became more generous than the equivalent scheme in the rest of the UK, but did not say by how much. In return for the electricity they generate, owners of wind turbines are given what are known as Renewable Obligation Certificates (ROCs). Can politicians save lives without killing jobs? UTV: UTV Live at Six Another issue explored by Spotlight was how ROCs can still be paid even if the turbine does not have planning permission. 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