Levy in fa­vor of re­new­able sources soars

Kathimerini English - - Front Page - CHRYSSA LIAGGOU

Power con­sumers in Greece will see the levy they pay for the pro­lif­er­a­tion of re­new­able en­ergy sources dou­ble as of March 1, ac­cord­ing to a de­ci­sion made by the Reg­u­la­tory Au­thor­ity for En­ergy (RAE) yes­ter­day, un­less the En­ergy Min­istry finds another way of plug­gling the 1.5-bil­lion-euro hole in the pho­to­voltaics mar­ket.

RAE de­cided that do­mes­tic con­sumers will see their RES levy hiked by 86 per­cent. This means that the av­er­age 87.36-euro an­nual levy that house­holds pay to­day will grow to 162.16 eu­ros for the same con­sump­tion of elec­tric­ity ev­ery year – i.e. an ad­di­tional 75 eu­ros per year.

The in­crease is even greater for stores and small busi­nesses, amount­ing to 108 per­cent, and reaches up to 15 per­cent for farm­ers, who are low- and medium-volt­age elec­tric power con­sumers, while the in­crease for high-volt­age users such as ma­jor in­dus­tries will amount to 84 per­cent. That would en­tail a fur­ther bur­den of sev­eral mil­lion eu­ros on in­dus­tries de­spite a gov­ern­ment pledge for a re­duc­tion to their en­ergy costs.

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