The extent of support by the Slovakian taxpayer for the country’s renewable and combined heat and power industries has been outlined by the regulator.

Slovak electricity consumers contributed a total of €464.7 million last year to producers generating electricity from renewable energy sources (RES) and through high-efficiency cogeneration.
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Radoslav Igaz, spokesperson for the Regulatory Office for Network Industries (ÚRSO) told vEnergetike.sk, a website dedicated to energy issues, that the payment, via feed in tariffs, is set to rise further.

“The planned supplementary payment for this year for RES and high-efficiency cogeneration is €517.6 million,” said Igaz.

In Slovakia, there are roughly 2,700 energy sources, which are entitled to a supplementary payment from consumers for generated green electricity.

Solar power suppliers received  €210 million in payments with €93 million paid to cogeneration and biogas producers receiving over €64 million.

In the case of individual producers, the biggest supplementary payment last year went to the paper mill SCP Mondi in Ružomberok, €14.7 million. Its six biomass power sources generated some 167,000 MWh of electricity.

Slovintegra Energy generated via high-efficiency cogeneration 290,000 MWh of electricity and received €13.4 million. The heating plant, Považská Bystrica, obtained a supplementary payment of €13 million when it generated, via high-efficiency cogeneration, 271,000 MWh of electricity. The company Energy Edge ZC, operating two biomass-fired power plants, received €7.5 million. The steelmaker US Steel Košice produced 185,000 MWh via cogeneration and obtained €7.3 million.