Mickoski: Electricity price to increase by 30 to 40 percent  

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VMRO-DPMNE leader Hristijan Mickoski predicts a hike up to 30 to 40 percent of the electricity price in the country, and believes that the authorities’s claims that the price of electricity will not increase by more than 10 percent was ‘far from the truth’.

As a last resort, as Mickoski said at Friday’s press briefing, the decision will be made by the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC), which will provide for the abolition of cheap daily electricity from 2 pm to 4 pm, but not abolition on the nighttime cheap electricity and the Sunday cheap electricity tariffs.

Mickoski says that the energy crisis is global, but it affects our country, and the key mistake that, according to him, the government has made in the past period is that it left EVN Home alone to buy electricity, instead of being in the process of supplementing the electricity shortage. ESM included. Mickoski explains that EVN Home is a private company with regulated activity, which if it procured the shortage through ESM, then the state could meet and help. In the current situation, EVN Home will not go bankrupt, according to Mickoski, and everything that has been spent in advance instead of a state one will have to be borne by the citizens.

As another problem, the opposition leader pointed out the unfavorable situation, according to REK Bitola, but also the non-domestic operation of the hydropower plants that this summer, instead of accumulating water for the heating season, produced electricity and sold it. Mickoski clarifies that in the heating season the hydropower plants should operate with a capacity of 50 to 60 percent, and at the moment, as he says, in the country they are much below that.

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