The Russians will pay for the reduction in electricity tariffs in the far East

The relevant Committee on energy Wednesday, November 30, recommended that the Duma approve in the first reading a bill that would reduce the tariffs for enterprises of the Far East. Order to find a way to reduce these tariffs to the national average without the involvement of the budget in last year’s address to the Federal Assembly gave President Vladimir Putin. And to compensate for the losses stack of tariff reductions proposed due to the increase in the cost of electricity for all consumers of the European, Ural and Siberian parts of Russia. “The whole country will essentially pay for the price reduction (electricity) in the far East”, — said the Chairman of the energy Committee Pavel Zavalny.

Now in most regions of far Eastern Federal district the tariffs for electricity are significantly above the national average, this conclusion of the Committee on the bill. The highest rates in the North district, Chukotka, Sakhalin and in Yakutia (in the “technologically isolated power systems”), where the level of costs for production of electricity is much higher.

For compensation of the far Eastern power companies for the reduction of tariffs will need to 29.5 billion rubles, follows from the conclusions of the Committee. For consumers the rest of Russia it will mean up to 1.3% increase in the final price, it is clear from the document.

As in Germany

Electricity price increase on the wholesale market, so increasing its value will apply to all Russian consumers and industry, business and government agencies, as well as the population, said the Chairman of the Committee Pavel Zavalny. In his opinion, the proposed mechanism is similar to that which was applied in Germany after the reunification with the GDR: “for all was introduced a new tax, and the Germans buzzed, but paid — to pull of the GDR.” Those who are against the initiative “patriots”, said Zavalny.

The bill was supported by the government, but did not support the chamber: the proposed mechanism “leads to higher, not lower rates” indicated in its opinion on the bill auditors. They also expect the growth of budget expenditures “for the operation of electrical consumers” (budgetary institutions and enterprises. — ). Sufficient justification for the introduction of such a mechanism to reduce tariffs in the far East, the chamber of accounts in the notes to the bill, and “a detailed analysis of the advantages of the proposed solutions.”

The money will collect “RusHydro”

The bill signed by the former Deputy-United Russia Balash Balashov, but in reality it was developed by the Federal Antimonopoly service (FAS), said at a meeting of the Committee on energy on Wednesday, officials of the government. According to them, the November 29 meeting regarding the far East in electricity tariffs was held at the Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Trutnev — it was decided that the collector of compensation for the stack will be controlled by a state company “RusGidro” — the ultimate owner of the majority of generating capacity in the far East. Logjam called on the authorities to exercise caution in determining the collector of compensation, Recalling that the former head of the company Evgenie DoD is charged with the Investigative Committee in inflating themselves awards in 2013, 73 million rubles.

Officials expect to introduce a law in force from 1 January 2017, it is expected that compensation for the reduction in electricity tariffs will be paid far Eastern power companies within three years — until January 1, 2020. Then the feasibility of this mechanism will be re-examined, said Zavalny. It is hoped that beyond 2020, the compensation will no longer be required: the tariffs will be reduced to the national average due to the growth in the number of consumers, which is now hindered by the high cost of electricity, said the Deputy.

Compensation to the energy sector (in the form of surcharges to the price of electricity) and how they will use the obtained funds for three years will be determined by the government, to the bill. In addition, the Cabinet of Ministers will annually establish a list of energy companies who are eligible for compensation, “based on an assessment of the socio-economic impact” and efficiency of energy companies received compensation.