Domestic gas consumers in Ukraine have no motivation to actively participate in the market and choose their gas seller, focusing on the low price and service. Special prices from the state interfere.
This was stated in the comment for Kosatka.Media, by Executive Director of the Association Energy Efficient Cities of Ukraine Svyatoslav Pavlyuk.
He explained: there is a company that has special obligations for the supply of gas to the public (PSO) – Naftogaz. And this is the only company that sells gas cheaper than its commercial price in the market.
“Therefore, there is no monetary interest (among domestic consumers – ed.) to buy gas from another company”. While there will be a difference in gas prices for industry and for the population, it is also not interesting for business to sell gas for less”, Pavlyuk noted.
If special prices are canceled, the market will begin the struggle of sellers and suppliers for the client, the expert said. There will be companies that want to deal with domestic suppliers.
“Gas sellers will play with the opportunity to buy gas cheaper, pump it into gas storages, and sell it more expensive in winter. And it will also stimulate competition between them”, said the expert.
Svyatoslav Pavlyuk does not see risks for the population that pays upon consumption. If some package offers begin to work, for example, to buy gas cheaper in the summer, and get it in the winter, paying in advance, and risks may arise here. The company will conditionally go bankrupt, and the consumer will not have gas.
“How to work with this is a question for the Regulator. Theoretically, this gas will be in the system. But how it will be regulated – so far there is no answer”, Pavlyuk noted.