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Electricity prices up, gas prices steady

ELECTRICITY prices are set to go up moderately next year. The Regulatory Office for Network Industries (ÚRSO) calculated the average increase at 2.86 percent for household consumers, the Hospodárske Noviny economic daily wrote.

ELECTRICITY prices are set to go up moderately next year. The Regulatory Office for Network Industries (ÚRSO) calculated the average increase at 2.86 percent for household consumers, the Hospodárske Noviny economic daily wrote.

In particular, people who live in apartment buildings in eastern Slovakia and those who use electricity for heating can expect to pay more for their electricity. Households in central Slovakia using electricity for heating will face the highest price hike, up by about 15 percent. Clients in western Slovakia should prepare for a similar increase.

The average natural gas prices for households will stay the same, even though oil prices on the world markets have almost doubled since the same period last year. That’s because of the Slovak crown’s appreciation against the US dollar, which makes it cheaper to buy oil from Russia.

Households that use natural gas for cooking or heating their water will pay a few more crowns, but those that consume more natural gas for heating can look forward to a moderate drop in prices.

“These adjustments take into consideration a more objective allocation of costs between individual clients,” said Dana Kršáková, spokesperson for the SPP gas utility.

The Regulatory Office for Network Industries has not decided yet on heat and water prices.

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