As a result of holding open hearings on December 10 and 12 regarding the level of the planned tariff for heat energy for the population, for 26 enterprises located in different regions of Ukraine, new planned tariffs for 2019 will be provided.
The tariff for thermal energy for the population in each of the regions will be higher than in 2018. The highest percentage of growth can be observed in enterprises located in Vinnytsia region (+ 20%), Nikolaev (+ 21%), Sumy (+ 24%) and Cherkasy (+ 21%).
The increase in tariffs is primarily due to the 23.5% increase in the cost of natural gas, which the government accepted in October of this year. Since gas accounts for about 70-80% of the heat energy cost structure, heat tariffs have been raised. However, as Oksana Krivenko, the Head of the National Regulatory Commission, noted on her Facebook page: “We did not allow an unreasonable increase in tariffs. The percentage of growth in heat tariffs did not exceed the percentage increase in gas prices - 23.5%.”