How can “green” tariffs change and who benefits from it?

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Recently, in the information space, we can often find analytical materials regarding possible changes in Ukrainian legislation in the field of “green” energy. Most of them contained pessimistic forecasts and frightened the owners of solar and wind generating systems by lowering “green” tariffs and introducing various restrictions.

But the law adopted on July 11 this year to amend the existing Law of Ukraine “On Alternative Energy Sources” allows you to install solar power plants on land plots of a house with a capacity of up to 30 kW until 2030 and receive a “green” tariff for electricity which sent to the power system, as well as coefficients are connected to the euro. In addition, the European vector of development of our country provides for joint development of renewable energy with the EU countries and a gradual increase in the share of such energy resources. The new leadership of the state and personally President Volodymyr Zelensky repeatedly emphasized the priority of this area.

But after the round-table meeting that took place on September 27 this year on the basis of the Committee on Energy and Housing and Communal Services, we can not hope for the best. In particular, the following changes were discussed at it:

– reduction of the “green” tariff;

– the establishment of new taxes (in local and state budgets) on existing stations;

– time limits for Pre-PPA, providing for the use of the “green” tariff from 2020 and its change for new stations from the same date.

It is proposed to introduce an additional environmental tax on CO2 emissions as an additional source for financing renewable energy.

Of course, these are just proposals, and in the near future the working group of the Committee will begin to develop specific legislative changes in this direction. But even a discussion of such innovations makes the owners of the sun and wind farms worried, as well as investors who have invested considerable funds in the development of Ukrainian renewable energy. In addition to the risk of numerous claims from them, it becomes quite clear that the corresponding changes in the “green” legislation will hurt Ukraine’s investment attractiveness, as well as slow down the development of alternative energy resources.

And only oligarchs who will receive cheap electricity for the smooth operation of their works and factories will benefit from such changes. Really – why should they spend considerable money and time on the re-equipment of their production facilities in accordance with the latest energy requirements, if they can continue to work in normal mode, and save more?

It seems that the numerous reproaches against the head of the aforementioned Committee Andriy Gerus in his relations with the oligarchs and lobbying for they interests have reason.

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