Legal proceedings have been launched over the consultation proposals published by the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment (DETI) on the early closure of the Northern Ireland Renewables Obligation (NIRO) for new small-scale onshore wind generation from 1 April 2016.

Papers were lodged in the High Court in Belfast on Monday (21 December) by the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU) and wind energy company Simple Power Ltd seeking leave for a judicial review.