On July 13th Gergely Gulyás In his announcement on the partial cancellation of the overhead reduction, the Chancellor said:
Families using district heating are not affected by the measures just announced.
As we wrote at the time, according to our interpretation, this means that families heating with district heating will continue to have reduced utility prices, regardless of consumption.
On the day of the announcement, the stock market price of gas used in domestic district heating was 182 euros/MWh. Since then, however, the price of gas has continued to rise, district heating companies are also buying for more, and MAVIR, which is owned by the state-owned MVM, covers the difference through MEKH.
Each year, the MEKH determines the gas price that can be billed by the service provider at the end of the heating season, in May. However, this year he postponed the deadline until August 26, according to the source of Átlástzó, trusting that the price of gas will go below 150 euros/MWh in May.
However, it didn’t turn out that way:
the gas price rose significantly, so MEKH finally fixed the reference cost of natural gas at 300 euros/MWh.
With this, the office set the price precisely for the peak period, which is how it is was more than ten times that of the previous year.
According to the newspaper’s calculations, with the gas price determined in August, the total cost of natural gas would be HUF 962 billion (and this does not include other costs) with the total district heat consumption in 2020, which is accompanied by a revenue of barely HUF 120 billion.
The MEKH data series also reveals that the average cost of natural gas used for district heating production decreased by 30 percent from 2014 to 2020, but consumers did not perceive anything of this.
However, according to the source of Átlástzó, this will not be the case: according to him, district heating prices will change even before the heating season. According to the informant, consumers under 24 gigajoules were already requested weeks ago, presumably they would be included in the discounted range.
He believed that the government will not only increase the price of district heating, but will also cancel utility reduction for some consumers.
The MEKH did not respond to the newspaper’s questions.
Cover photo: MTI / Attila Kovács
Source: Portfolio.hu – Gazdaság by www.portfolio.hu.
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