Acting Energy Minister Yurii Vitrenko said that false information was currently spreading that his first initiative in a new position was to abolish the supplementary benefit for the first 100 kWh of electricity, he wrote on his Facebook page.
"It is not true. My first initiative in this post is to change the priorities in the distribution of money in the energy market. To get more money for the state-owned Energoatom, and through it – for the state-owned VostGOK, which produces uranium concentrate for Energoatom,” the statement says.
According to him, the cancellation of the benefit is an initiative of his predecessors in the Ministry of Energy.
“But I was convinced of the critical need for this step,” Vitrenko said.
He also recalled that before his appointment, NEURC made decisions to increase these tariffs, and the decision came into force on January 1.
“Besides, the receipt of a loan for the state operator Ukrenergo in the amount of more than UAH 10 billion depended on the cancellation of this benefit and, accordingly,” he wrote.
As a reminder, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine extended PSO on the electricity market until March 31, 2021, and set a single electricity tariff for household consumers in the amount of UAH 1.68/kWh and the electricity sales price of NNEGC Energoatom within PSO at UAH 150/MWh.
Earlier it was reported that Yurii Vitrenko headed the Ministry of Energy.