Heating tariffs in Ukraine rise by 75-90%

The National energy and utility regulator increased central heating tariffs in Ukraine by an average of 75-90% by a corresponding decision taken at the agency`s meeting on May 5.
The rates have been increased against the backdrop of of the establishment from May 1 of a single gas price for the households at UAH 6,879 per 1,000 cubic meters.
”The lion`s share of adjustments is related to the resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers on the gas price; the rest is the revision of salaries in accordance with the new level of the minimum wages and the level of a a single social contribution, the changes in retail electricity tariffs, an others,” said Dmytro Vovk, the regulator`s chief .
The tariffs increase is scheduled for July 1. According to Vovk, as of April 1, the share of households equipped with heat measuring devices reached about 60%. According to the agency, the lowest proportion of households equipped with heat meters is in Volyn, Rivne, Ternopil and Poltava regions, while the largest – in the City of Kyiv.
According to the information of the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine, after the establishment of market prices for gas, the cost of thermal power for the households should be increased by an average of 60% – from UAH 652 per Gcal to UAH 1,041 per Gcal.
As UNIAN reported earlier, the government of Ukraine on May 1 set a single price of gas for the households at UAH 6.88  per cubic meter (UAH 6.879 per 1,000 cubic meters), which is equal to the purchase price of natural gas imported to Ukraine.
As the Cabinet took its decision on the gas price on April 27, First Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine Stepan Kubiv and Minister of Energy and Coal Industry Ihor Nasalik noted that the establishment of such a price put an end to speculation on the gas market.
Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman said that this decision was not an easy one as it would spark much popular debate, but it will allow eliminating all shady schemes, which allowed making profits on a difference in the price of gas.
President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has called this resolution of the Cabinet a serious anti-corruption step.
As reported earlier, electricity tariffs for the households increased by 25% from March. Thus, the minimum rate for electricity for the population increased to 57 kopiykas per kW / h.
The next stage of increase in electricity tariffs for the households will begin on September 1, 2016.

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