ACA presents: subsidies for green electricity exemplified by wind power and photovoltaics
Today, the Austrian Court of Audit (ACA) presented the report "Subsidies for Green Electricity as Exemplified by Wind Power and Photovoltaics" (in German).
From April to October 2018, it carried out an audit at the then responsible Federal Ministry of Sustainability and Tourism and at the processing and administration centre for green electricity OeMAG Abwicklungsstelle für Ökostrom AG with regard to green electricity as exemplified by wind power and photovoltaics.
The audited period essentially spanned the years from 2013 through 2017. The audit aimed in particular at assessing the subsidy system for green electricity, the organization of and the performance of tasks by the OeMAG as well as the strategic management of the expansion of renewable energy by the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy, into whose remit such matters had fallen in the audited period.
- Feed-in tariffs should be more consistently pegged to cost-efficient plants and the most efficient sites in order to ensure an efficient use of funds and a continuous increase in production. Subsidies for renewable energy should therefore also be granted via a tendering process.
- As to the creation of the future subsidy system, a system of checks and balances free of any conflict of functions and roles should be established for the bodies of the processing and administration company. Furthermore, public interests should be safeguarded.
- Transparency should be created on the direct and indirect costs of the expansion of renewable energy and its public-sector funding as well as its funding from subsidies directly levied from end users or generated in the framework of regulated network charges.
- The organizational and staff-related requirements for the effective coordination and strategic management of the energy policy objectives for 2030 should be fulfilled. As regards upcoming tasks, corresponding resources should be redeployed and adequate project structures as well as an appropriate project management should be established.
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