AD's initial comments on Labour’s energy plans

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Michael Briguglio, AD Chairperson, said: “At first glance, various aspects of Labour’s energy plans are welcome, whilst others can be problematic. The proposed shift from Heavy Fuel Oil to gas is welcome, meaning that there is a cross-party consensus on a shift to cleaner energy after years of neglect in Malta’s energy sector. The importance given to renewable energy is also welcome, especially since Malta is at the bottom of the list in the EU on usage of such energy, but Labour must be clearer in its proposals. What seems to be a progressive tariff structure is also welcome, as this can discourage waste, though this structure has to be studied in more detail”.

“On the other hand, Labour is being too optimistic on the price of gas. Like other fossil fuels, including heavy fuel oil, its price is likely to increase in the years to come, due to increase in global demand and limited supply. As regards water tariffs, what is needed is to ensure that theft from boreholes is stopped, as this is creating problems of unsustainability which will result in price increases”.

“Alternattiva Demokratika – The Green Party’s energy policy insists on a leading role of the state in the energy sector, in massive investment in renewables; and in penalizing waste whilst subsidizing basic use of energy. AD will be elaborating its position during a press conference this Thursday”.