The Portuguese Renewable Energy Association defends Portugal’s energy model and requires “deep reforms” to achieve the goals of the National Energy and Climate Plan
The Portuguese Association of Renewable Energy (APREN) argues that Portugal’s energy model requires “deep reform” to achieve the goals of the National Energy and Climate Plan (PNEC) and proposes to amend the energy tax system to enable the country to receive From 2022 to 2030, an additional 1.180 billion euros will be added.
A study on green taxation published today by APREN concluded: “In order to achieve PNEC’s goals, in terms of final energy consumption and the penetration of renewable energy in power generation, Portugal’s energy model must undergo profound reforms.”
One of the conclusions of the study is that the current energy tax system does not promote the necessary transformation in the system required by PNEC 2030, so it is necessary to modify it to drive user changes. Your energy consumption.
The tax system must also “abolish excess charges for electricity production unrelated to the activity” and “determine other environmental externalities that are currently not taxed appropriately.”
APREN recalled that the current energy tax could increase by about 11 billion euros per year, but the study concluded that “the costs related to different energy sources are not consistent with the environmental externalities generated by energy” and “are not related to energy content.”
Therefore, in order to encourage users to change energy consumption, the study suggests that the petroleum product tax applicable to diesel should be gradually equal to the tax rate of gasoline, and should be deducted from the gasoline tax. People who buy electric cars with batteries in a relatively short period of time (2022-2025).
In addition, APREN proposes to reduce the electricity tariff rate of fixed and variable components to 13%, abolish audio-visual expenses in electricity tariffs, and reduce the cost of the electricity system to reduce the electricity prices paid by end users.
Regarding buildings, it is recommended that income tax relief for natural persons who install heat pumps, self-use photovoltaics and solar collectors, and impose taxes on the purchase of inefficient electrical appliances, to encourage equipment sales. efficient.