Latvia to in­tro­duce stricter re­stric­tions to limit MPC per­mit fraud

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On 10 April, Cabinet of Min­is­ters sup­port Econ­omy Min­istry’s pre­pared pro­posal to in­crease mon­i­tor­ing of ma­nip­u­la­tions of manda­tory pro­cure­ment com­po­nent per­mits.

The gov­ern­ment sup­ported Econ­omy Min­istry’s amend­ments in two sec­tions: rules for pro­duc­tion of elec­tric­ity and price-cal­cu­la­tion when pro­duc­ing elec­tric­ity in co-gen­er­a­tion and rules for pro­duc­tion of elec­tric­ity us­ing re­new­able en­ergy re­sources and price-cal­cu­la­tion.

The goal of those rules is im­prov­ing state sup­port for end con­sumers of elec­tric­ity, en­sur­ing more ef­fi­cient use of elec­tric­ity and pre­dictabil­ity of costs, as well as in­tro­duc­ing stricter con­trol mech­a­nisms for CHP plants and re­quire­ments for pro­vi­sion of sup­port. To en­sure accurate record keep­ing of elec­tri­cal en­ergy, heat­ing en­ergy and fuel, Econ­omy Min­istry pro­poses adopt­ing rules to per­form records at least once a day for pro­duced elec­tric­ity and heat­ing en­ergy and at least once a month for fuel used in en­ergy pro­duc­tion. This data is to be stored for at least five years. Rules also state that CHP plans that have not yet com­menced en­ergy pro­duc­tion have to reach elec­tric­ity pro­duc­tion out­put of at least 50% of their planned vol­ume within the term pro­vided for the is­sue of an MPC per­mit. Amend­ments will help re­duce pe­riod of time pro­vided to fix dis­cov­ered prob­lems – ex­is­tence of tax debts. Pay­ments of debts are to be per­formed within three months’ time. Restora­tion of com­pli­ance with en­ergy ef­fi­ciency cri­te­ria is to be per­formed within six months in­stead of nine. To en­sure reg­u­lar mon­i­tor­ing of the sit­u­a­tion with pay­ment of taxes, Econ­omy Min­istry will per­form in­spec­tions once a year and pro­vide warn­ings if debts ex­ceed EUR 150.

To make con­trol mech­a­nisms more ef­fec­tive, it is planned to clar­ify re­quire­ments in re­la­tion to co­op­er­a­tion with the con­trol group, which per­forms in­spec­tions at power sta­tions. To pre­vent busi­ness­men’s pos­si­ble avoid­ance of con­trol mea­sures at power sta­tions, Econ­omy Min­istry will be able to can­cel de­ci­sions that pro­vided the right to sell elec­tric­ity as part of manda­tory pro­cure­ments. Amend­ments also men­tion that a limit of five warn­ings for a five-year pe­riod will be per­mit­ted. If the busi­ness­man con­tin­ues breach­ing re­stric­tions, au­thor­i­ties will be able to take away their right to sell elec­tric­ity as part of manda­tory pro­cure­ments.

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