Government pulls rug from under energy policy critics
A decision by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Policy to lower the tax on peat and bump up the feed-in tariffs for wood chips pulled the rug from under critics of the energy policy on Tuesday, only moments before the Parliament convened to discuss it. The Centre, the Finns Party and other opposition parties have over the past two years ensured that the issue has remained at the epicentre of energy policy debate.
The decision itself was welcomed across party lines as it is expected to enhance the competitiveness of domestic energy sources in comparison to coal. A number of representatives, however, questioned why the decision was not taken before certain energy companies invested in replacing domestic sources with coal.