The head of the Ministry of Energy ruled out the introduction of a progressive tariff for electricity

The introduction of a progressive scale of energy tariffs in Russia for the population is currently not planned due to a drop in citizens’ incomes amid the coronavirus pandemic, Russian Energy Minister Nikolai Shulginov said on the sidelines of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF).

“The regions have such experience, but in general now is a difficult time – COVID-19, many were left without work, lost income, and an increase in tariffs for those who consume more than 100–150 kW • h will only aggravate the situation,” said Mr. Shulginov (quoted by RIA Novosti). According to him, now it is necessary to determine the targeted support of the population.

Also, the head of the Ministry of Energy ruled out an excess increase in electricity tariffs due to the installation of “smart” meters. According to him, the law on “smart” meters is primarily aimed at reducing the social burden and removing responsibility from consumers for organizing metering.

In April, the Russian Consumers Union sent Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin a proposal to introduce higher electricity tariffs for those who consume more than the norm. It was proposed to take 100 kWh as a reference point, with an average consumption in Russia of 90 kWh per person per month. The Union believes that in this way in Russia it will be possible to solve the problem of cross-subsidization, when business compensates for the low tariffs of the population. The government confirmed receipt of the letter and promised to consider it. Earlier, the regulator of energy markets proposed a new mechanism for calculating prices for energy capacity in the Kaliningrad region in order to prevent a tariff jump due to fluctuations in the volume of electricity exports to Lithuania.

More details – in the material of “Kommersant” “The counter is twisted to Kaliningrad.”

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