A motion to reduce the cost of electricity has been submitted to parliament.
The motion was presented by Hoarafushi constituency MP and member of the parliament's committee on environment and climate change, Ahmed Saleem, at Tuesday's sitting.
The motion highlights the many challenges in generating electricity and the need for affordable electricity.
According to the motion, the fluctuating global gas and oil prices negatively impact the government's ability to provide inexpensive electricity. Therefore, appropriate steps need to be taken on a national level to combat the issue.
Additionally, the motion calls for the development of sustainable energy using the Green Fund and state funds as well as the establishment of a Utility Regulatory Authority to properly regulate the governance of renewable energy and developing energy efficiency regulations.
Furthermore, the motion states that an import ban should be placed on luxury goods that do not fit into the energy efficiency regulations and waive import duties on goods that do fit into the energy efficiency regulations.
The motion further states that more participation in Renewable Energy Engineering and Management needs to be facilitated.
The motion presented by Saleem noted the unlikelihood of reducing cost of electricity while depending on oil and gas.
Reducing the cost of electricity is one of President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih's campaign pledges.