Estonia plugs electric cars as power prices soar

Feb 21, 2013
An electric car is charged at the Paris Auto Show on September 30, 2010. It brought the world Skype, Europe its first capital with free public transport, and now Estonia is touting the globe's first fast-charging network for electric vehicles.

It brought the world Skype, Europe its first capital with free public transport, and now Estonia is touting the globe's first fast-charging network for electric vehicles.

But its this week was overshadowed by public outrage over skyrocketing since power market deregulation here in January.

Intended to cut , the network now has 151 charging-stations up and running across the small northern Baltic state, with 14 more planned by this summer, according to KredEx, the public agency in charge of building it.

But the move comes as the price of electricity soared 23.6 percent from December to January as a result of deregulation in the eurozone country of 1.3 million, Statistics Estonia figures show.

The nation's has begun proceeding "in order to control the charged by Eesti Energia for power supplied to the general public," Maarja Uulits, Competition Authority spokeswoman told AFP on Thursday.

Eesti Energia is entirely owned by the Estonian state, which also financed the new fast-charging network created by ABB, a Swiss engineering firm.

Funding for the network came from a 2010 carbon credit deal in which the Estonian government sold its CO2 quota to Japan's Mitsubishi Corporation.

The new charging stations dot all major highways at intervals of 40-60 kilometres (25-40 miles). It takes 20 to 40 minutes to charge up a 16-kilowatt-per-hour battery from 0-80 percent of capacity, according to KredEx.

In 2011, the centre-right government of Prime Minister Andrus Ansip bought 500 Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric cars for use by social workers and has subsidies of up to 18,000 euros ($24,000) for private individuals to get electric wheels.

Estonia joined the EU in 2004 and eurozone in 2011.

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kochevnik
1 / 5 (2) Feb 21, 2013
Poor Estonia is another victim of Randite libtard politics
mrlewish
3 / 5 (2) Feb 21, 2013
Ah the "Argue the exact opposite of what really happened remark".

This happened because they went to a "free market" for the energy.
This is the republican version of capitalism. Privatize the profits and socialize the losses.
Eikka
5 / 5 (1) Feb 22, 2013

Power companies are always a problem, state owned or private, because they're necessarily monopolies in their area. It would make little sense to build parallel infrastructure because it would double the prices just to get competition going on.

Estonia btw. is one of the "weird" countries in the world where they employ a flat tax rate instead of robin-hood progressive taxation, and it seems to be working quite well for them. It's less socialist than the US in that respect.
ronwagn
1 / 5 (1) Feb 24, 2013
Estonia needs to start fracking, and developing biogas etc.

Natural gas is the future of energy. It is replacing dirty old coal plants, and dangerous expensive nuclear plants. It will fuel cars, trucks, vans, buses, locomotives, aircraft, ships, tractors, engines of all kinds. It costs far less. It will help keep us out of more useless wars, where we shed our blood and money. It is used to make many products. It will bring jobs and boost our economy. It lowers CO2 emissions, and pollution. Over 5,000 select natural gas story links on my free blog. An annotated and illustrated bibliography of live links, updated daily. The worldwide picture of natural gas. Read in 75 nations. ronwagnersrants . blogspot . com