At the moment, Ukrainians, according to Sergey Kovalenko, owe 2.5 billion hryvnias for electricity at a time when the country’s energy system needs every hryvnia to restore.
Ukrainians were urged not to accumulate debts for electricity, because after the war, power engineers will begin to cut off the most persistent non-payers from the light. This was stated by the CEO of Yasno, which is part of the DTEK group, Sergey Kovalenko.
According to him, while martial law is in force in Ukraine, electricity suppliers cannot turn off consumers for non-payment of utilities, charge penalties and fines.
“But there is no legal basis for not paying. If after winning you have the most debt, you will be the first in line for disconnection. There are other inconveniences – the social security authorities can refuse to provide a subsidy when utilities are not paid,” Sergey Kovalenko emphasized.
He also spoke about residents of the Kyiv region, who, even during the occupation, regularly paid their electricity bills and did not accumulate debts.
“Now we have about UAH 2.5 billion in debt from the population. This is a colossal amount, especially in the understanding that now the energy system needs every hryvnia to restore. And all these repairs are an urgent matter that cannot be postponed,” he added .
What will happen to the tariffs for the light
The National Commission for State Regulation of Energy and Utilities (NEURC) is studying the possibility of introducing a minimum limit on electricity consumption and setting new electricity tariffs that would depend on the volume of consumption.
So, according to the head of the National Commission Konstantin Ushchapovsky, new models of the electricity market are being developed in Ukraine, and in this regard, several scenarios for raising tariffs, including for the population, are being considered. But those consumers who consume more will pay “an adequate price” for light.
Meanwhile, the state will provide subsidies to vulnerable segments of the population, and payments for them will not increase.
Earlier, Focus told how and when tariffs for utilities will be raised in Ukraine. Focus also wrote that Ukraine has simplified the mechanism for concluding contracts on the retail electricity market and changing suppliers. So, from the summer of 2023, it will be possible to conclude contracts for the distribution and supply of electricity remotely.
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