Bulgarian Renewable Energy Producers Demand Resignation of Caretaker Minister
The Bulgarian Photovoltaic Association (BPVA) has called for the resignation of Asen Vasilev, caretaker Minister of Economy, Energy and Tourism, over discriminatory treatment of renewable energy producers.
The BPVA published Tuesday an open letter to caretaker Prime Minister Marin Raykov, arguing that local regulatory bodies had resorted to a series of unlawful discriminatory steps against the renewable energy industry.
The BPVA also claimed that Bulgaria's Electricity System Operator (ESO) imposed unfounded restrictions to the production of energy from renewable sources, thereby threatening the existence of 1.7 thousand producers.
The BPVA further accused the caretaker Economy and Energy Minister of promoting negative attitudes towards renewable energy producers and of pitting employees in different spheres of the energy industry against one another.
The BPVA claimed that Vasilev had been providing institutional protections for industrial power plants, thermal power plants and for certain producers of conventional energy at the expense of the renewable energy industry.
The BPVA also demanded that caretaker Prime Minister Marin Raykov revoke the grid access fee for renewable energy producers.
Seeking to prevent a power grid overload amid low domestic consumption and weak exports, ESO has repeatedly ordered capacity restrictions for renewable energy producers since the beginning of April.
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