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Turbines cut 'could go to court'

By Linda Stewart

Published 01/10/2015

Decision: Jonathan Bell
Decision: Jonathan Bell

A Stormont department could face a legal challenge over plans to cancel subsidies for new wind turbines from next year.

That was the view of a businessman who claimed the Department Enterprise, Trade and Investment pulled the rug from under the feet of farmers who took a chance on the scheme.

Paul Carson added: "In June, Jonathan Bell gave the industry confidence to go ahead and invest. Farmers took a chance and now the rug has been pulled from under their feet. It wouldn't be surprising if there was a legal challenge on the manner in which this is being conducted."

The department last night announced a consultation on proposals to end support from April 1 next year.

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