THE PARLIAMENT yesterday approved a ‘temporary green tax’, deemed necessary by the government to ensure the short-term viability of the Renewable Energy Sources (RES) fund.
The RES fee, charged to all electricity consumers, will now go up to €0.065 per kWh from €0.005 per kWh.
The increase applies only until the end of December.
The government’s initial intention was to raise the fee to €0.0075 per kWh, but at the plenum the parties voted through an amendment tabled by the Greens’ George Perdikis for a smaller hike.
The RES fund has run into funding difficulties due to hitherto falling fuel prices.