Macedonia is not only in an energy crisis, but also in an economic crisis. Inflation is in double digits, poverty is galloping, while standards are falling. The thesis of the government is that there is a crisis everywhere and this must be endured, I must say that it is flat and general. Indeed, the crisis is ubiquitous in global frameworks, but the bottom line is that the consequences in Macedonia are devastating. Double prices of products, devalued salaries, growth of unemployment and companies that are close to shutting down – this is the picture for today in Macedonia, pointed out VMRO-DPMNE leader Hristijan Mickoski.
“Namely, we first propose that the surplus electricity produced by the former ELEM, now AD ESM, which occurs during the night and the weekend, be given to the economy at a price that is productive for the former ELEM AD, now AD ESM. According to our calculations, that price will not exceed 80 euros per megawatt hour. And, the application period of this measure should be from November 1, 2022 until the end of the crisis, April 30, 2023. And then it will continue depending on the new regulation of the situation that is happening
both in Macedonia and in Europe. So the surpluses produced by the former ELEM AD, today’s AD ESM, which are powered by electricity, which should not exceed the price greater than 80 euros per megawatt hour to be put to use by the economy in the next six months starting from the first of November 2022, according to our calculations it is about 200 to 250 thousand megawatt hours. If the most optimistic scenario of the Government is not fulfilled, that is, only the middle scenario should be fulfilled. It is about 200 to 250 thousand megawatt hours.
For this to happen, it is necessary to intervene in the Labor Law and the Trade Law, that makes Sunday is a non-working day. Employers can choose which day of the week they will replace as non-working day instead of Sunday. Because on Sundays we have the biggest surpluses of electricity and the price of electricity during the weekend is much cheaper than the price of electricity during the five days of the working week, said Mickoski.
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