The increasingly severe energy crisis has forced many European households to return to solid fuel. In Serbia, there has been a demand for this firewood since spring. Compared to the last year, the price of wood has doubled, there are almost no pellets. The Ministry of Energy expects that the measures they have taken will improve the supply by the end of the month.
Stocks of wood are made, not only by households that heat with that firewood, but also by those that did not use it in previous years – they buy at least a few cubic meters as a reserve, if needed. Many times higher demand also pushed up the prices, so you have to pay from eight to even 12 thousand dinars per cubic meter, writes RTS.
“In May, the price of wood was six thousand. We hear it’s twice as expensive now. I think it is unrealistic”, one citizen believes.
Prices per cubic meter of wood in Serbia
In Belgrade, prices are 50 percent higher than a year ago, and in Novi Sad, the price of wood is 13,000 dinars and coal is 18,000 to 24,000 dinars. Storekeepers of these energy products in Novi Sad only hope that Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina will not ban exports, because most of their goods now come from these two countries.
Firewood is not available at all warehouses in Zaječar, if you find it, the price is from 7000 dinars, but you have to go and get it yourself and pay for your own transport, which costs up to 9500 dinars, if you come across a truck that will bring you the wood. Felling and splitting of wood is charged 800 dinars.
A cubic meter of wood when everything is added up in Zaječar costs about 10,000 dinars. As far as coal is concerned, the cheapest is from the Lubnica mine at 12,400 dinars, but it is not available, and the others that are available cost from 15,000 to 36,000 dinars.
Pellet prices skyrocketed
The most difficult situation is with the pellet. Despite the price limit of 38,000 per ton and the export ban, there is still a shortage on the market.
“Before the restrictions, you could find pellets at catastrophic prices, now we can’t even buy pellets anymore,” says the owner of the storage facility, Marko Vitorović.
Darko Marković from Brodarc points out that, instead of being the cheapest for heating, the pellet turned out to be the most expensive this year.
“We had to supplement with coal, and coal is hard to come by,” adds Marković.
And Europe is returning to pellets
In fear of the cold winter, many European households are returning wood and coal stoves. Residents from the area of the Greek capital took advantage of the pruning of parks to replenish their wood supplies for free.
Municipal environmental activist in Athens Nikos Kaiosis says they joined forces with citizens and cleared the forest.
“Instead of all this wood from tree trimming going to waste, we joined forces with the residents. We cleared the forest and the citizens will receive help for the winter,” Kaiosis adds.
Paraskevi Galari points out that the only heating they have is wood, for the fireplace, and electric heaters, which will be very difficult to turn on this year, because they cannot afford to pay for electricity.
There are also waiting lists at European warehouses for solid firewood, and wood and coal are mostly bought in sacks.
Growing craze for pellet stoves
Announcements about the severe winter, restrictions and increasing electricity prices have forced some citizens to rush for aggregates, as well as wood, pellet and coal stoves. Although autumn has not officially started yet, the prices of these products have increased by up to 20% compared to last year.
Source: AGROmedia by www.agromedia.rs.
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