17 households pay 3 million euros per month for electricity: Someone heats "marathon" pools, someone digs cryptocurrencies

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The rough calculation made by "Free Press" (at the price of a single-tariff meter) shows that 33 million denars (about 194 million euros) were paid for the 3 million kilowatt-hours consumed per month.

The first thought of how one can household to spend million kilowatt-hours of electricity is digging cryptocurrencies. However, there are those who manage to consume so much electricity for pleasure. To our knowledge, among those 17 households consuming 10% of total consumption of households is and owner of a huge house with indoor and outdoor pools that it constantly heats up.

Electricity consumption is unlimited and everyone can spend as much as they want, if they pay for it. But what has become problematic and what is already being prepared for new tariff is that those millions of kilowatts are paid by all of us through the state treasury, which subsidizes the price of electricity for households. According to The report of the Energy Regulatory Commission for 2021, in Macedonia there are 787.991 household consumers. According to the ERC, households consume an average of 410 kilowatt-hours of electricity, which means that about 330 million kilowatt-hours of electricity are allocated to them on a monthly basis, and among them is the "big 17" with a monthly consumption of about 33 million kilowatt-hours, or each of these largest consumers of electricity for households, consumed an average of 1,9 million kilowatts!

The rough calculation made by "Free Press" (at the price of a single-tariff meter) shows that 33 million denars (about 194 million euros) were paid for these 3 million kilowatt-hours.

In order to put an end to the payment of electricity from the budget to both those who spend it for luxury and those who earn from it, the Energy Regulatory Commission announced block tariffs in which the price will depend on electricity consumption.

Chairman of the Energy Regulatory Commission Marko Bislimoski says that these 17 households pay their bills regularly and that for those who earn with the help of used electricity, it is nothing compared to the benefit they have. Of course, in this case it is about "digging" cryptocurrencies.

As explained by Financial Intelligence Unit (UFR), "digging" cryptocurrencies is not an illegal act, and in the parliamentary procedure, at the last reading is waiting for the Draft Law on Prevention of Money Laundering and Financing of Terrorism, which provides for mandatory registration of anyone involved in cryptocurrencies.

- In Macedonia so far there is no special law that specifically regulates virtual assets, but there is also no specific law or bylaws, which prohibit activities related to virtual assets such as their storage, transactions, purchases and the like - say from UFR.

Experts explain that only if the electricity was stolen, except that the "diggers" of cryptocurrencies would be criminally liable for its theft, then they would be liable for the acquired right from illegal activities, where cryptocurrencies and proceeds can be subject to confiscation. With legally paid electricity, albeit at a household price, they now have a legal business.

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