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Moldova amends energy crisis policies

The Moldovan government announced on Wednesday (18 October) that it is modifying its “National Action Plan” to mitigate the effects of the energy crisis.

Through the implemented amendments, the continuity and operationality of the Energy Vulnerability Reduction Fund are to be ensured, improving the mechanism for granting compensations for consumers most affected by the price spikes, the government said in a press release.

Additionally, the amended plan introduces “EcoVoucher” and “Green Home” programmes, funded in 2023 by the EU and piloted by the United National Development Programme Moldova. The programmes will provide financial support for the replacement of energy-efficient household appliances and the installation of photovoltaic systems in residential buildings, the government said.

Another component included in the plan obligates gas companies to ensure gas reserves for the 2023-2024 heating season. Natural gas reserves as of 1 November 2023 must correspond to 15 per cent of the annual gas consumption.

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