The price of heating for Slovak households has risen by only 2 to 3 percent on average, according to Economy Minister Ľubomír Jahnátek.
"The media have distorted the information. The prices, which the regulatory office is gradually approving for the heating plants now, imply that the heat price for households grew by 2 percent to 3 percent in the second half of this year," said Jahnátek. Some heating plants did not raise their heat price at all, though the Regulatory Office for Network Industries (URSO) allowed prices charged by some heating plants to rise by as much as 20 percent.
"Some boiler facilities are old, ineffective, so there the hike can represent even 20 percent," added Jahnátek. The minister expects the heat price for next year to be what he called ‘fairer’. "After signing a contract between the Slovak gas utility Slovenský Plynárenský Priemysel (SPP) and the Russian company Gazprom Export on gas supplies, and after taking into consideration the general economic interest, the heat price for households will be fairer, and might even reach its previous levels," said Jahnátek.
It will also be possible, if it is judged to be in the general economic interest, for the regulatory office to regulate gas price delivered to heating plants, from which heat for households will be produced. According to the Slovak Association of Heat Producers (SZVT), heat prices for households should have gone up in the second half of this year by approximately 20 percent. The reason for the proposed price growth is the ongoing growth in the price of energy inputs. Heat prices last went up by 3 to 3.5 percent in March this year. A total of 450 heat producers operate in Slovakia. SITA
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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24. Sep 2008 at 18:00