License pulled from three green energy producers

Three combined heat and power generation plants (cogeneration plants) have had their licenses pulled following inspection, said Economics Minister Arvils Ašeradens on December 20.

Appearing on LTV, Ašeradens confirmed that Energo Fortis, E –Strenči and Elektro Rīdzene have had their licenses pulled after a green-energy scandal erupted, with reports that some power plants had obtained their green energy operating licenses by fraudulent means.

He said that out of the 400 power plants in Latvia, 40 have been identified as having problems and in 20 cases there are very serious problems, which may lead to loss of license. 

As previously reported by LSM, the scandal broke into the mainstream after investigative journalism show Nothing Personal suggested licenses had been fraudulently obtained and that in some cases energy production classed as ''green'' was in fact coming from mobile generators.

Earlier Andis Pinkulis, the head of the Sadales Tikls power distribution operator, stepped down after Economics Minister Arvils Aseradens suggested he might bear responsibility for the allegations.

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