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Security Police takes interest in distribution of wind energy quotas

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 The question about the state guaranteed purchase from green energy manufacturers has also attracted  attention of the state security institutions. About a year ago Security Police started to collect and review information about decisions in the power sector made by the Ministry of Economics.

About a year ago, in the beginning of January 2011, when the post of the Minister for Economics was still held by Artis Kampars (Unity), Security Police addressed the Ministry of Economics requesting information about green electricity purchase quotas which were distributed by the Ministry of Economics late 2010 and officials which were involved in the decision making process, information in hands of the portal Pietiek.com indicates.

The problem is the tender announced on October 2010 by the Ministry of Economics providing opportunity to apply for state mandatory purchase quotas for electricity manufactured in biomass and bio-gas power plants. However, before that the major part of the state guaranteed wind energy purchase quotas was already allocated to TCK Company owned by the Ventspils millionaire Olafs Berkis who is related to Unity (in total, 54.83% of the total mandatory purchase of wind energy). In the last pre-election campaign Berkis contributed 12 000 lats to Unity, although there has long before been rumors about his support to this political party.

When a week ago Pietiek.com addressed Security Police with questions about this investigation Kristine Apse-Krumina, assistant of the chief of Security Police Janis Reiniks, answered: «Security Police has no comments.» It is unofficially known that Security Police still collected information about this distribution of green energy purchase quotas.

It was implicitly confirmed by Juris Puce, State Secretary of the Ministry of Economics, who refused to talk about Security Police’s interest, pointing out that «this information is for official use only». «I can say the following –  no security institutions have showed interest in this issue for a quite long time,» noted Puce.

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