RES production permit conditions to be revised by energy bill

Holders of renewable energy source (RES) permits will face a number of revisions as a result of an amendment included in the energy savings draft bill just submitted to Parliament, a bailout demand.

Over the past three years, holders of renewable energy source (RES) production permits paying annual fees to maintain their rights have dealt with a number of complexities. These have included cases concerning saturated networks, prompting the need for this latest action.

Holders of production permits for combined heat and power (CHP) stations will need to pay their annual license fees to LAGIE, the Electricity Market Operator, within the first four months of each year, instead of the first three months, as was previously demanded. In addition, hybrid and solar-powered unit operators will need to pay the annual fee for greater time periods.

It is believed that fees, currently determined by charging one euro per kW of installed capacity, may increase to as much as three euros per kW. This would require a ministerial decision from the energy ministry following approval by RAE, the Regulatory Authority for Energy.

Also, the annual license fee for RES production permits may vary depending on saturation levels in various regions and types of RES technologies used.