Saeima urges government to end "green energy" surcharge in spring

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On January 10, the Latvian parliament issued a statement urging the Economics Ministry to draw up regulations to rescind the mandatory procurement component (OIK) in electricity tariffs as of March 31 this year, despite plans by the Economics Minister Arvils Ašeradens to lift the mandatory procurement component in 2022.

86 MPs voted for the decision, with no votes against and no abstentions. Several Saeima members did not participate in the vote. 

The draft statement was submitted to Saeima by MP Didzis Šmits (KPV LV) and other members of KPV LV and the Greens and Farmers Union.

The goal of this initiative is to reduce electricity for residents of Latvia. The Saeima Economic, Agricultural, Environmental and Regional Policy Committee will have to ensure parliamentary control over the abolition of the OIK surcharge.

The surcharge, nominally a means to sponsor green energy but nevertheless also used to fund thermal power plants, is to be dismantled after the system was shown to be subject to abuse. 

As reported, earlier on Thursday, Ašeradens survived a parliamentary effort to force his resignation December 10 despite the likelihood he will only be in his job for a matter of days or weeks more at most.

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