What will change in the energy sector in the autumn: how will we pay for electricity, gas and heat?

The new heating season will bring us several changes in terms of energy consumption. Kosatka.Media analyzed what exactly will change for household consumers and what to prepare for.

Gas price: what will cost more in September?

The price of natural gas for the customers of the SoLR (das Supply Company Naftogaz) in September will amount to UAH 12 per cubic meter including VAT, excluding distribution (delivery) costs. In August, it cost UAH 11.78 per cubic meter, and in July – UAH 11.05.

For comparison, according to the Fixed annual tariff plan, Naftogaz’s gas costs from UAH 7.96 per cubic meter including VAT. Even cheaper, within the framework of the basic annual supply, gas is offered by Agrosyntez Trading LLC at UAH 7.8 per cubic meter, SE Evod Trade and Lutskvodokanal – UAH 7.88 each.

Therefore, carefully monitor the activities of the gas supplier so as not to find yourself in a situation where you will have to overpay by half.

Electricity price will go down in October

The Cabinet of Ministers has set a reduced electricity tariff for household consumers at UAH 1.44/kWh if consumption is less than 250 kWh/month. It will be valid from October 1, 2021, to April 30, 2022.

For residential consumers who use over 250 kWh/month, the tariff will not change and will amount to UAH 1.68/kWh. The same price is for collective household consumers, hostels, which are calculated for electricity according to a common meter in terms of electricity consumption by individuals for their own needs, except for professional and economic activities. Also, according to this tariff, electricity will be paid for apartment buildings, including dormitories, for technical purposes and lighting of courtyards, stairs and license plates, as well as summer cottages, dacha construction and garage construction cooperatives, garden partnerships, cooperatives for the operation of pumps and lighting territories.

The tariff will not be decreased either for legal entities-owners or balance-holders of property used for compact settlement of internally displaced persons in terms of satisfying the everyday needs of such persons, and for religious organizations for household needs.

If there is a two-zone meter, individual and collective consumers, in particular dormitories pay half of the tariff from 11:00 pm to 7:00 am, and the entire tariff during the rest of the hours. If there is a three-zone meter – 1.5 of the tariff from 8:00 am to 11:00 am and from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm, as well as 0.4 of the tariff at night from 11:00 pm to 7:00 am, at other hours – the fixed rate.

 

How much to pay for heat in autumn

Ukrteplokommunenergo reported back in July that from October 1, heating tariffs in Ukraine could rise to 40%.

Since May, the PSO for the purchase of gas is no longer valid for thermal heating companies. Now they have to choose a supplier. NJSC Naftogaz offered district heating companies three-year contracts. However, they are not too enthusiastic  (so far only 45%).

The main problems that the heating companies complain about are the discrepancy between the gas price and the "tough conditions". Naftogaz sells gas to district heating companies at UAH 7.42/cubic meter without transportation. But the heating companies call this price imputing because they will be sold only a certain volume of gas, which, in their opinion, will not be enough. They say that it will be necessary to purchase about 30% of the gas required to provide consumers with heat. And there is already a different price, which is about UAH 9 plus transportation. Therefore, they say, they simply will not have enough money for the purchase of gas, and they will have to raise the tariff.

In the media, various experts give different figures on how much the price will increase in different cities and even in different districts of the same city. They usually tell from 20 to 70%. Such a significant difference is since the tariffs for district heating companies are set by the local authorities. And these tariffs differ, depending on the location of companies, on the type of fuel, fuel transportation costs, as well as the location of the house relative to the boiler house, the state of the house itself and heating networks.

 

Tags: gas, electricity, housing and public utilities, thermal energy

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