The price of electricity that
households and other consumers pay includes the state subsidy for the energy
purchased by small hydro power plants that have been given by concession of privatized.
This is a scheme that aims at increasing
investments in this sector. Thus, the state ensures small producers that their
product will be purchased with a price higher than the import or stock market
The new law on renewable energy foresees
that subsidy will be shared even with big businesses.
"This initiative that is offered to all
the concessionaires will be distributed to all the consumers of electricity.
Therefore, this value will not be a burden only for household consumers.
According to the previous scheme, consumers out of the market were not charged
for this part," adviser at the Ministry of Energy and Industry Entela Cipa said.
The distribution of these contributions
will be decided by a mechanism of the Energy Regulatory Entity (ERE). The
contribution will be distributed based on the energy that consumers consume per
Currently, the Albanian Power
Distribution Operator is obligated to purchase energy from 87 companies that
own 122 hydro power plants while new concessionary contracts will be signed.