|Policy status:||In Force|
|Policy Type:||Economic Instruments>Fiscal/financial incentives>Feed-in tariffs/premiums|
|Policy Target:||Multiple RE Sources>All|
|Policy Sector:||Framework Policy|
|Size of Plant Targeted:||Small and Large|
|Agency:||Ministry of Environment and Energy (MEE),formerly Ministry of Housing and Environment (MHE); Maldives Energy Authority (MEA);|
|Legal References:||Maldives National Energy Policy ans Strategy 2010; Maldives SREP Investment Plan 2013-2017|
Background: In Maldives, the energy pricing structure follows a top-down approach. The Ministry of Economic Development sets energy prices, which are implemented by most local bodies with minor adaptations. However, electricity pricing is a little nore diffused for the provincial utility companies that determine electricity tariffs which are then approved by the Maldives Energy Authority.The lack of a proper regulatory mechanism has led to non-cost reflective price, making it difficult for companies that operate in the energy sector to become financially feasible. In addition, non-targeted subsidization of electricity production in the past has diverted the states scarce financial resources. The pricing policies need to be reviewed regularly action has to be taken against non-compliance under this policy.
Major Aim: To regulate pricing policy and ensure cost-reflective prices in the energy products.
Achievement: To encourage the investments in renewable energy sector for power generation, feed-in tariff was introduced in 2011. A modified feed-in tariff will be introduced for large scale installations taking into consideration cost-based compensation for RE generation, with different prices offered to different technologies, project sizes and regions. In addition, the government is also planning to allow customers who generate electricity using a RE source, to connect their facility to the distribution network under a Net Metering scheme. MEA is now working on drafting the net metering scheme.
Stakeholders: The Maldives Energy Authority(MEA) is the main body for regulatory work. Regulations will be made after consulting with the stakeholders and after appropriate researches. Also the pricing mechanism and regulations will be made in compliance with the existing policies.
Time Frame: This is a general policy with no particular time frame. However, targets with time frame is set each year in the work plan.
Last modified: Tue, 07 Jan 2014 14:36:57 CET