FAS may introduce reference tariffs for heat

The Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) plans to introduce reference tariffs for heat supply; the corresponding draft government decree may appear in June. In a pilot mode, tariffs are planned to be launched in several regions from July 1, 2022, Vitaly Korolev, deputy head of the Federal Antimonopoly Service, told the Izvestia newspaper.

Mr. Korolev said that the FAS will determine the standards for the sale of heat energy, taking into account the fixed costs of resource supplying companies (RSO) and the number of points of heat supply to consumers. Now the tariffs of heat supply organizations are set by regulatory bodies in the constituent entities once a year. Tariffs take into account the costs of businesses that the company can prove.

The introduction of reference tariffs will allow to avoid the increase in payments due to the high costs of the RNO for repair work, fuel, transport, which in some cases are cited by the business as a reason for the increase in tariffs, the FAS representative said. The Ministry of Construction believes that the reference principle will increase the transparency and clarity of tariff formation for the consumer, the press service of the ministry said. The Ministry of Construction also announced its readiness to participate in the further development of the FAS proposal.

At the end of 2020, debts for heat energy increased by 15.5 billion rubles, exceeding 209 billion rubles. with the industry’s planned revenue of RUB 1.2 trillion. Analysts noted that citizens began to pay worse for heating due to lower incomes and the current moratorium on fines for late payments.

More details about debts – in the article “Kommersant” “The return on heat has decreased.”

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