No electricity restriction plans are being made, said Minister Zorana Mihajlović and added that instead, the goal is to reduce consumption by reducing the amount that the state allocates for the import of electricity.
The minister said that the recommendations can bring savings of 15 percent and that everyone who has a lower bill compared to the same month of the previous year will be financially stimulated with additional discounts.
“No plans are being made for electricity restrictions and we are doing everything to ensure that we have enough electricity and heat energy for both the economy and households at all times. We hear every day that many countries in Europe – France, Italy, Great Britain, Germany – already have announcements that there will be restrictions. We said that we will fight as much as we can so that there are no restrictions, but we have to know that it is about hundreds of millions of euros that the state will set aside for that,” the minister said.
She also noted that a deadline was given to public companies to submit savings plans by September 15, as well as to monitor the plan to reduce spending.
“The goal of 15 percent is not unrealistic, but according to all projections, it is quite normal to expect savings at that level. The recommendations we made concern all of us, not only the public sector, because it is necessary for us all to be part of the savings and to reduce the consumption of electricity and heat energy. We allocate a lot of money, just yesterday we imported 5.6 percent of the total electricity consumption and paid 1.3 million euros for it, that’s a huge amount,” said the minister.
She pointed out that unlike many countries that punish excessive consumption of electricity, the Government of Serbia and the Ministry of Mining and Energy have decided to financially stimulate households and businessmen who will reduce their consumption compared to the same period of the previous year, and soon the Ministry will of finance and EPS come out with a concrete proposal.
He adds that regular annual overhauls are underway and that EPS is doing everything it can to make the facilities ready for winter.
The minister said that the heating plants are mostly ready for the start of the season, as well as that the state will provide additional amounts of fuel oil and that the stocks in the operational and mandatory energy reserves are constantly increasing.
He also points out that the inspections have so far carried out control of 270 business entities that are engaged in the production and sale of pellets, and that more than 200 have proper documentation and comply with the Government’s regulation on price limits, as well as that more than 70 percent of households have so far purchased pellet.
Source: Energy Portal of Serbia by www.energetskiportal.rs.
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