The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine deprived residents of cities located in a 30-kilometre zone from the nuclear power plant, a 30% discount on electricity, Economichna Pravda reports.
The day before, the electricity supplier YASNO, citing a relevant government decree, had announced that from January 1, the preferential tariff for people living in the 30-kilometre zone of nuclear power plants would also cease to operate.
So, after government changes at the end of the year, the electricity tariff for the population in Ukraine increased by 1.87 times, and for residents of 30-kilometre zones – by 2.67 times.
Benefits for the Ukrainian nuclear power plant in 30-kilometre zones are enshrined in Article 12 of the Law "On the Use of Nuclear Energy and Radiation Safety". These benefits include the right to a special electricity tariff.
The preferential tariff should be regulated by the Law "On Electricity", but it has become invalid since mid-2019.
By December 2020, people had benefits thanks to the decision of the National Energy and Utilities Regulatory Commission (NEURC). However, with the entry into force of a new resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers, preferential tariffs ceased to operate.
After a transitional period, the law "On the Electricity Market”, which also does not contain a word about benefits, will regulate pricing.
It is also reported that cities that have lost their electricity benefits for locations within 30 kilometres of nuclear power plants want to return them.
As a reminder, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine extended PSO on the electricity market until March 31, 2021, and established a single electricity tariff for household consumers at UAH 1.68/kWh.
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