The government introduces the “sun tax” in the midst of the energy crisis. What the ordinance provides and who is affected

The government introduces the “sun tax” in the midst of the energy crisis. What the ordinance provides and who is affected
The government introduces the “sun tax” in the midst of the energy crisis. What the ordinance provides and who is affected

A controversial decision of the Government upsets, once again, the electricity market. This time, domestic consumers and companies that have installed photovoltaic panels are targeted.

The opposition accuses the Government of having adopted an ordinance by which they will be obliged to pay a tax for the amount of energy they produce monthly. “Tax the Sun”also accuses the associations of small electricity producers.

USR accuses the Government of imposing taxes on the approximately 30,000 household consumers and companies that have installed photovoltaic panels and produce energy, through an ordinance adopted at the last government meeting.

Cristian Ghinea, USR vice-president:The government comes and imposes a tax, attention, for what man produces and consumes himself. Not the energy that goes into the network, but the energy that I, a citizen or a company, produce from the roof and consume it myself. So, the state forces me to install a special meter and then pay a tax on the sun’s rays, because the state does nothing. They also created some absurd discriminations. If you produce more than 30 kw, the tax is applied to you immediately, if you produce less, it will be applied to you from 2026 onwards, and if they received aid from the state through Casa Verde or through PNRR, if you are a company, again, it applies to you immediately“.

The ordinance provides for three situations in which small energy producers will be charged: when they receive money from the state to produce energy, if they have a capacity greater than 30 KW or if, at the national level, the amount of energy from photovoltaics exceeds 8 % of the amount of energy used. The text of the ordinance has not yet been published in the Official Gazette and does not provide for the amount of taxes that these consumers should pay. These details should be established by the National Energy Regulatory Authority.

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As can be seen from the text, the possibility of introducing a tax is remote, in the time horizon of the end of 2026 and it requires the fulfillment of several conditions. Moreover, at the level of the European Commission and the European Parliament, the revision of this directive is being discussed“, the Ministry of Energy said in a statement.

And the PSD takes advantage of the moment to attack, once again, the Minister of Energy Virgil Popescu: “Why did he choose to transpose the European Directive on energy from renewable sources in the imperative way, i.e. by charging prosumers, although in the text of the directive there is the phrase “Member States may charge…”? Why does it put a brake on the development of renewable energies by charging?

Investments in photovoltaic panels increased five times in the last year, and 200 million euros were invested by private individuals and companies in the last year.

Source: PROTV news

Tags: government, tax, sun, photovoltaic panels, ordinance,

Publication date: 04-12-2022 19:31

The article is in Romanian

Tags: government introduces sun tax midst energy crisis ordinance affected

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