Price of Energy for Businesses Might Grow by Up to 35%
Albanian Daily News
Published January 7, 2017

Energy Regulatory Entity has
approved new tariffs for businesses’ access to the distribution network.
Besides the price of electricity, businesses that are supplied by 35 kilovolt network
will pay even Lek 1.5 per kilovolt to OSHEE as a fee for the use of network while
businesses supplied by 20 kilovolt network will pay the price Lek 11 kilowatts
of energy and Lek 3.9 as fee to OSHEE for use of network, local media said
Friday.



With this decision and new fee, 6,200
businesses that are supplied by 20 kilovolt network will pay up to 35% more for
the energy and 82 businesses that are supplied by 35 kilovolt network will pay
15% more.



These fees will take effect during the
year and the first to be penalized by energy prices growth are businesses supplied
by 35 kilovolt network. Sources from OSHEE said that nearly all the technical
infrastructure of the measurement system to put these businesses into the open
market will be ready by February. So, next month, the businesses of this group
will start to pay a fee 11 leks per kilowatt hour from 9.5 lek/kWh they are
paying currently, of which Lek 9.5 is fee for the price of electricity and Lek 1.5
is the fee for use of the network given to OSHEE.



However, OSHEE experts hope that
businesses will be able to find suppliers with cheaper prices, which can
amortize the new tariff for the use of network. On the other hand, businesses
of this category have recently declared that they have failed to find a private
supplier offering reasonable energy prices.



Meanwhile 20 kilovolt network businesses
are expected to pay higher rates. There are around 6,200 such entities, which
are expected to enter the independent market in the second half of the year.
These businesses will pay Lek 14.9 per kilowatt, of which Lek 11 as the price of
energy per kilowatt hour and Lek 3.9 as the new tariff that ERE has recently approved
for the use of the power grid. Currently they pay Lek 11 per kilowatt.





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