Large energy consumers will have to adopt energy management or energy audit by April 2018, Economy Ministry declared.
Economy Ministry has sent letters to more than 1,000 businesses, asking them to perform energy audits and perform appropriate energy efficiency measures in the next four years to reduce general energy costs and thereby increase their competitiveness, the ministry says.
The reminder for every business that fits the status of a large energy consumer was sent half a year prior to the adoption of new regulations.
As it is known, the Saeima approved Energy Efficiency Law at the beginning of 2016. For businesses with electricity consumption above 500 MW/h, the law establishes a requirement to adopt an energy management system or perform an energy audit by April 1, 2018 to contribute to energy efficiency and improve their competitiveness.
Also companies have to submit information to Economy Ministry on their accomplishments by a specific date.
Economy Ministry has information about 1,010 companies whose annual electricity consumption exceeds 500 MW/h (according to data submitted by transmission operators on business’ energy consumption in 2016).
At the same time, the ministry reminds that companies that fail to perform appropriate energy efficiency measures before April 2018 will be applied with an energy efficiency fee that will be transferred to the energy efficiency fund, from which Altum will deduct finances to provide support to different energy efficiency measures. (BNN/Business World Magazine)