Approximately sixty companies producing hot water for domestic heating in Slovakia want to increase the price they charge households. A total of 450 heat producers operate in Slovakia. A spokesperson for the Regulatory Office for Network Industries (URSO), Miroslav Lupták, told the SITA newswire that the heat producers which had submitted new draft price proposals to date have requested price increases from August 1 of this year. Lupták could not yet specify the average proposed increase suggested by the heat producers in their drafts.
According to the Slovak Association of Heat Producers (SZVT), prices for households could go up in the second half of this year by approximately twenty percent. The reason for the proposed price growth is the ongoing rise in energy prices. He said that despite their best efforts, they could not do anything to prevent the energy price rises, which account for approximately seventy percent of the price of heating. Members of the SZVT are therefore submitting new price proposals to the URSO. Heat producers have announced that the fixed element of the price they charge customers, which accounts for approximately thirty percent of the overall price, will not change. Heat prices last went up by between 3 and 3.5 percent in March of this year. SZTV represent 78 heat producers. SITA
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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19. Jun 2008 at 18:00