The rules for the internal market of electricity and natural gas should change as of the beginning of 2017. This stems from the regulation authored by the Regulatory Office for Network Industries (ÚRSO).
“The aim of the new regulation is to take into account the changes that arise from the application practice in the market with electricity and gas, with stress on protecting electricity and gas customers,” ÚRSO explained, as quoted by the SITA newswire.
To protect customers, the regulator proposes optimising some deadlines and steps when changing the supplier of electricity or gas. Also the periodicity of sending advance payments, as well as the requirements of some agreements and the possibility to agree on the advance payments when receiving the electricity from the delivery point with a smart meter should change.
The new regulation, submitted for interdepartmental review, sets the monthly advance payment in case customers are households, to one-eleventh of the electricity or gas payment, which is set by the consumption during the previous billing period. The supplier and households may agree on changing the periodicity of advance payments if a change to the price of energy or its volume is expected. The final energy bill will be made once a year via invoice.
Moreover, under the new rules customers will be able to set their delivery point at more advantageous distribution rates, based on the expected amount and character of energy consumption, ÚRSO explained, as reported by SITA.
In addition, regarding gas the orders of daily capacity will be calculated in Megawatt hours instead of kilowatt hours, SITA wrote.