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    Farming association may demand resignation of Latvian economics minister over large electricity bills

    RIGA, Feb 14 (LETA) - A Latvian farming association may demand resignation of Economics Minister Arvils Aseradens (Unity) over the steep increase of electricity bills.

    Many farmers have been complaining that their monthly electricity bills have increased by 40-80 percent or by EUR 50-600 since the beginning of this year, said Juris Lazdins, the chairman of Zemnieku Saeima (Farmers' Assembly), which is a leading agricultural association in Latvia.

    "If no decision is made about lifting the mandatory purchase component (MPC) on capacity per ampere in the next few weeks, we will raise the matter about demanding resignation of the economics minister at the congress on March 9," Lazdins said on the public Latvian Television.

    He said that higher electricity bills were like a new tax that Latvian farmers could not afford to pay for another month.

    As a result of the changes in the MPC financing model, electricity bills of Latvian farmers in January this year are by 40-60 percent higher than in December 2017. The electricity bills have increased on account of the MPC on capacity per ampere, which is a payment for the connection capacity, although it is not used to the full during the off-season.

    Contrary to last year, this year farmers no longer have the option of temporarily lowering the connection capacity and thus reducing their electricity costs during the off-season, Zemnieku Saeima said, stressing that certain agricultural sectors needed large electricity capacity only for a couple of months a year.

    • Published: 14.02.2018 10:05
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