Given the current epidemiological situation caused by the corona virus (COVID-19), which will undoubtedly have economic consequences, the Centre for Environment suggests urgent implementation of measures for suspension of premium payments to privileged producers, based on neighbouring countries. That is, it suggests absolving the citizens of paying their obligation towards renewable energy (RES) fee through monthly electric bills. Serbia and Slovenia, aiming at reducing electricity bills, but also a fair redistribution of the burden due to the epidemic affected economy, have already made decisions to suspend payments of incentives to generate electricity from RES and efficient cogeneration.
“We request the competent authorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina to take an official position on this matter, and we also call for solidarity, especially from all private investors and manufacturers. In the situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the governments of many countries have resorted to various measures that should make life easier for their citizens and therefore we consider that the incentive policy, which refers to the payment of incentives for eligible electricity producers from RES, are unjustified during the current events, ” the Centre for Environment points out.
In order to compare and monitor the justification of the existing incentive policy, especially when it comes to small hydropower (SHP) investors, it would also be useful to monitor the balance of these manufacturers before and after the payments suspension of preferential electricity prices.
“Believing that a just energy transition is only one that is fair towards citizens as the end consumers – but also within the sector itself – we are aware of the opinion that the subsidy suspension measures would partly be at the expense of more sustainable renewable energy sources such as solar and wind power. However, hopefully the current situation is an opportunity for the authorities to learn the lesson they need, which is, in the context of climate change, that small hydropower plants are not useful to our society in general, but solely profitable to private investors, thanks to an inefficient and illegitimate subsidy system, ” said the Centre for Environment.
As the support for the request in question came from a total of 17 different environmentalists associations and citizens’ initiatives from all over BiH, we hope our competent authorities will understand and act promptly.