Published On: Thu, Jan 14th, 2016

Association for Sustainable Energy begins legal proceedings against the government

Panels[13]WILLEMSTAD - Reducing feed-in tariff can have as result that customers will be looking for alternatives such as wind turbines and solar panels.

The Association for Renewable Energy has begun with legal proceedings against the country Curaçao. The association disagrees with the content of the advisory report from the Bureau of Telecommunications, Post and Utilities (BTP & U) from October 2014 on the feed-in tariff systems.

Since the beginning of this year, this fee was reduced from 33 cents to 25 cents for the resupply of electricity to the power grid. This feed-in tariff is the result of the policy on renewable energy adopted by the Finance Minister Dr. José Jardim. This policy, according to the association, is based on the report of the BTP & U from 2014 and their advice from December 2015 to continue this trend, as well as the lobbying from Aqualectra. According to this Association of Sustainable Energy, whose board consists of Goisco, Mangusa, Centrum Supermarket and Eco Energy, this recommendation is full of erroneous calculations and assumptions.

“The feed-in tariffs have been reduced unjustly to 33 cents.”

This month, it was further reduced to 25 cents. The foundation also believes that the government should not set a fixed fee. This fixed fee is 16 guilders per kilowatt-hour for residential and 32 guilders per kilowatt-hour for companies.

According to Eco Energy, member of the association, the reduction of the feed-in tariff on the one hand and the maintaining of the high fixed fee on the other hand can cause for customers to look for alternatives such as wind turbines, and energy storage in batteries to disconnect eventually entirely from the utility company Aqualectra . “If all the hotels and supermarkets would install a hybrid solar-diesel system, Aqualectra would miss sixty million guilders each year,” estimates the company that specializes in renewable energy. The organization therefore believes that the government should adjust the policy as soon as possible.

According to Eco Energy, Aqualectra should be a facilitator, instead of a silly production and sales company. “Compare it with the public companies that previously sold the fixed phone landline. The advent of mobile telephony was unstoppable. This is why smart governments installed masts and leased the bandwidths to mobile providers. Aqualectra could be a trader on their network of demand and supply of different distributed generation plants and could also insure large-scale energy storage.”

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