No ma­jor heating tar­iff in­crease is ex­pected in Latvia

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No ma­jor in­crease is ex­pected for Latvia’s next heating sea­son, said Pub­lic Util­i­ties Com­mis­sion coun­cil chair­man Rolands Irk­lis in an in­ter­view to 900 se­conds pro­gramme of LNT on Fri­day, 10 Au­gust.

«Ev­ery­thing seems calm for heating. If we com­pare it to last year, tar­iffs of nearly 90% of ser­vice providers have not changed so far. Still, it is pos­si­ble that some changes may come be­fore the be­gin­ning of the heating sea­son,» said Irk­lis, adding that PUC has six tar­iff pro­jects in re­view.

«So far we’ve seen no in­di­ca­tions of tar­iffs grow­ing,» said Irk­lis. At the same time, he said there are lo­ca­tions in which tar­iffs have in­creased in com­par­i­son with last year. The most rapid heating tar­iff in­creases have been no­ticed in Valmiera, Van­gaži and Baloži, be­cause sup­port for heating en­ergy in co-gen­er­a­tion regime has ended in these cities. «Sup­port terms have ended there. This also means the end for sub­si­dies that were paid to elec­tric­ity pro­duc­ing com­pa­nies for heating sup­ply,» said Irk­lis.

PUC is an in­de­pen­dent state in­sti­tu­tion that was formed and func­tions to reg­u­late en­ergy, elec­tronic com­mu­ni­ca­tions, postal, house­hold waste and wa­ter sup­ply in­dus­tries. This in­sti­tu­tion de­fends the in­ter­ests of con­sumers and con­trib­utes to devel­op­ment of pub­lic util­i­ties. PUC was founded 1 Septem­ber 2001.

Ieva Čīka/LETA

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