The public finances figures released today has spent €115m of his €230m budget for this year, exactly half in 6 months of the year.
He has €115m left and of course the anticipated €50m-€70m price of the NBS must be paid for out of that must it not
Dempsey spent €140m by this time last year
and no NBS to show for that either although a few MAN projects were included , Ryan robbed all the remaining BB money in September to pay for wood pellets.
In the second half of last year Ryan spent €128m
( including the €10m he robbed) for a total departmental expenditure of €268m as you can see here
but this year he has only €115m left .
Ryan is currently running 7 different wood pellet and misc energy schemes as you can see here
, none of which are closed for applications except teh House of Tommorow scheme .
You should also note that the Wood Pellet guru has introduced a grant scheme for insulating 1m homes and for which no money has yet been drawn down , that was launched 2 months back
Eamonns watchers on the Wood Pellet Ireland Blog
But here is the catch: house holders will have to pay out €100 towards a building energy assessment, with the government covering the remainder of the typical €350 fee. Geeeeze!!! €350 for a bloody "survey" - - This is a “licence to print money” for the “eco consultants”. I could insulate my entire attic fully for little more than the cost of the bloody survey.
Catch Number Two
More grants will then be available for 30% of the cost of the insulation etc up to a maximum of €2,500 as recommended by the survey. Oh boy!!! Will there be some back scratching here!!!
I bet you the 30% will be eaten up just like the €4200 wood pellet boiler grant managed to be fully absorbed by the hungry hoards of “specialists”, "cowboys", and gougers that were let loose on an unsuspecting public by SEI. (see previous post "cheaper without the grant")
I predict this is not going to be a great runner. I for one will not be bothering with it. I will be upgrading my attic insulation on a DIY basis.
If I eventually decide to fit a wood pellet boiler - that is when the wood pellet supply and prices have stabilised, I will, most probably, import a boiler from Poland and have my plumber mate fit it alonside my oil boiler and not bother my arse with the grants, inspectors, commissioning agents, paperwork, gougers and "Paddy Tax", or a string of conditions.
Ahhhhhh!!! I feel better after getting that off my chest - nice cup of Cocoa and a bikki now I think!!
Nor do we know the cost of Change.
ie , another Ryan wheeze .