Four state-owned energy companies that were asked to apply for tariffs for next year have done so. The first information about this subject appeared on Thursday, now we have their confirmation.
Energy companies are applying for new electricity tariffs
– Actually, like in previous years, the Office called four called sellers from the office (PGE, Tauron, Enea, Energa) to apply for tariffs for 2019. The binding tariff for energy sales for household customers is valid until 31 December this year. Requests for tariffs for energy sales have been received by the Office on November 15. We carried out the tariff process – said Next.gazeta.pl in the comments of the URE spokesperson, Agnieszka G³o¶niewska.
The company must send a proposal regarding the price of household electricity (tariff G) to the Office of Energy Regulations, which in mid-December decides whether to approve them. The company does not disclose application content. The office itself does not provide such information.
– At what level will the cost of electricity be paid at the household in 2019, it will be known only after the tariff process ends – said Agnieszka G³o¶niewska.
The price of electricity will rise by two digits?
But as Dziennik Gazeta Prawna wrote, referring to unofficial information, some of them want to raise prices by 30 percent.
The two-digit increase in electricity prices in the following year was also reported by Rzeczpospolita. According to the newspaper, the requested increase in the level of energy sales is between 20%. and 40 percent, however, this is only a conclusion, the final decision depends on the president of the Energy Regulatory Office.
In early October, one of the analysts in an interview with next.gazeta.pl said that if you look at what happened on the stock market, household electricity must be around 30 percent more expensive. .
Such calculations were rejected by the energy minister. Krzysztof Tchórzewski ensured that the bills for the current year will not increase by more than 5 percent, and even if this happens, farms that are located on the first tax threshold will be compensated by the state (there is no known exactly how to see, because we do not know the bill) . In a separate statement on Twitter, the Minister stressed that "Polish families whose annual income is located on the first tax threshold will not pay higher bills for electricity delivered in 2019 compared to 2018".
How is the price of household electricity determined?
Electricity prices are regulated in Poland only for households. This does not happen in the case of tariffs for companies that have experienced price increases.
– Approval of tariffs (and therefore price lists) always occurs at the request of the energy company, and is preceded by comprehensive administrative procedures. The legal framework for carrying out the tariff process by the ERO President is determined by Energy Law and tariff regulations. Based on these actions, tariffs must, in particular, ensure that the legal costs of the company's economic activities are shared with justified profits on the capital involved in this activity, but at the same time provide protection against the interests of the recipient against a price level that cannot be justified and cost rates – explained the ERO spokesperson.
The obligation to apply for tariffs is not available in the case of tariffs for companies that have experienced price increases.