The Verkhovna Rada adopted draft law No.2553 on the introduction of metering and calculations on the volume of gas in energy units on the natural gas market, Ekonomichna Pravda reports.
The draft law provides for the transition to energy units. The calculation of gas volumes in energy units is used almost all over the world.
“From May 1, 2022, we will move away from the Soviet system for calculating the volume of gas and move on to the European calculation method, namely kWh,” Andrii Zhupanin, one of the authors of the draft law, explained during his speech.
When calculating gas in cubic meters, the calorific value of the fuel is not taken into account, which is why in some regions a different volume may be required for the same purposes.
After switching to energy units, you will have to pay only for the amount of energy consumed, and not for the volume of gas.
At the same time, the MPs supported the amendment, which simplified the procedure for switching from one gas supplier to another - consumers will be able to change the company even if there are debts to the old supplier.
According to Serhii Makohon, General Director of the GTSOU, the transition to energy units is an important step for Ukraine, contributing to further integration into the European gas market.
“The switch to energy units will put an end to the disputes about temperature coefficients and insufficient gas quality. After all, metering in kWh, unlike metering in cubic meters, takes into account the calorific value of gas. That is, consumers will pay for the energy they used, and not for cubic meters,” he said.
Besides, consumers will keep records of gas and electricity in the same way in kWh. This will allow to immediately compare the cost of both energy resources and, if possible, use the most profitable in cooking, heating water or heating.
The Ukrainian gas transmission system operator completed the transition to energy units with operators from neighbouring countries back in January 2021.