The proposal for block tariffs has been changed: Those who are heated by electricity will also be saved

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The threshold in the blocks for used electricity has been raised compared to before. The upper limit in the second block tariff is 630 kilowatts in an expensive tariff for 30 days, and the third is 1.050 kilowatts

The Energy Regulatory Commission, in the presence of all relevant factors, presented the amended proposal for block tariffs for households and small consumers that are supplied with electricity at regulated prices. The decision remains that these block tariffs will be valid only in the daily tariff from 7 am to 22 pm, while in the cheap tariff, in the evening from 22 pm to 7 am, as well as all day on Sunday, there will be no block tariff, ie has a price.

The new changes raise the threshold in the units for used electricity compared to the previous one. But the first cheapest tariff is still for those who have electricity consumption of up to 210 kilowatt-hours of electricity in the expensive tariff for 30 days. The upper limit of the second block tariff, instead of the initially planned 420 kilowatts, has now been determined to be 630 kilowatts, and the third tariff has been increased by 70 percent of the initial considerations and will now include those consuming up to 1.050 kilowatt-hours in expensive tariff for 30 days, and above that are already those who will enter the fourth category.

University professor Ruben Taleski said that the calculations showed that 600 kilowatt-hours would be enough to heat an average apartment with an inverter, and therefore made changes in the amount of block tariffs, so that those who are heated by electricity would not pay high prices.

- If now, with these prices that are valid for electricity until July 1, we make a simulation for the application of the new tariff model, the citizens who will enter the second and third tariff will pay 12 percent lower bills - said Taleski.

The President of the Energy Regulatory Commission Marko Bislimoski reiterated that consumers will only pay the differences from one block to another, as they cross the border. He also mentioned that there are cases when two or three families live in a house on several floors and have a common electricity meter, so in order not to move into expensive blocks, it is necessary to separate the consumers.

- I call on EVN to respond to the request of the citizens for separation of the meters as soon as possible - said Bislimoski and informed that the service is 12.000 denars.

From July 1, with the new prices and the new tariff system, the citizens will receive differently conceived bills. They will have a price for electricity and a price for network services - for distribution and transmission.

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