Energy minister Kostas Skrekas has, for the first time, in public comments, left open the possibility of industrial enterprises being spared of paying public service compensation (YKO) amounts for a five-month period covering November to March, as part of an effort to reduce industrial energy costs.
“We will assess the public service compensation account’s revenues and, if deemed necessary following the five-month period, will gradually impose these charges,” the minister noted at an event focused on industrial energy cost.
Speaking at the same event, Giorgos Xirogiannis, deputy general manager of SEV, the Hellenic Association of Industrialists, underlined the problems faced by industrial producers as a result of the sharp rise in energy costs.
Greek industry is currently 20 to 30 percent less competitive than European industrial enterprises, the SEV deputy noted.
He raised a series of energy cost-related issues that need to be addressed, including the YKO surcharge added to electricity costs, distribution costs and energy taxes.
Investments in renewable energy infrastructure and networks need to be accelerated in coming years for the achievement of a favorable energy mix balance, the SEV official added.
Also, the impact on the cost of energy of the EU’s “Fit for 55” package, aiming for a 55 percent reduction of carbon emissions by 2030, compared to 1990 levels, needs to be discussed, the SEV deputy added.