Swift Brussels response on CAT plan promised by Moscovici

Greece has been promised solid indication of the European Commission’s intent on the country’s effort to secure CAT remuneration for two lignite-fired power stations, Megalopoli and Meliti, included in main power utility PPC’s bailout-required disinvestment of lignite units.

CAT remuneration for the power stations is seen as a crucial incentive to draw investors to the sale.

Though Brussels is not expected to deliver its decision on Greece’s CAT plan any sooner than April, which stretches well beyond the schedule of PPC’s ongoing disinvestment effort, the European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs Pierre Moscovici, who met yesterday with Greek energy minister Giorgos Stathakis, is believed to have promised a swift response in the form of notification.

PPC has already announced it will upload this notification, regarded as the European Commission’s final position with virtually absolute certainty, into the disinvestment’s data room for investors to appraise. The European Commission’s views on the Greek CAT proposal’s details, including duration, remuneration levels and procedures, are expected to be included in the notification.

Stathakis, the energy minister, also held another important meeting yesterday with officials of EVIKEN, the Association of Industrial Energy Consumers, to discuss the government’s efforts aimed at securing  Greece’s demand response mechanism (interruptability), a pivotal energy cost-saving tool for industry.

EVIKEN officials emerged content from the meeting and confident the energy ministry is committed to this effort. Details concerning the ministry’s moves to be made on the matter have not been disclosed.