Energy is not a government priorities – AD
The proposed budgetary incentives for renewable energy and energy efficiency are still not being considered a priority by the Government, a statement issued by Alternattiva Demokratika held.
AD Chairperson Michael Briguglio, said that positive budgetary proposals for usage of government property for solar energy and access to solar energy for persons who are denied such usage are still vague. “These policies need to be made concrete in terms of implementation, financing, and other factors. We also note that wind energy promises remain unimplemented. All in all, it is clear that the budget does too little to stop Malta’s dependency on fossil fuels which are likely to face price increases in the years to come. This is a far cry from Malta's EU target of 10% renewable energy by 2020" the AD Chairperson concluded.
AD spokesperson for Energy, Transport and IT Ralph Cassar, said that it is worrying that government is not giving importance to renewable energy as a means of middle and low wage earners to control their energy consumption and energy bills. Whilst the Government has reduced the feed-in tariff to an unattractive18c per kWh the budget does not mention grants or schemes for middle and low income earners who do not have the possibility to pay up front.