"The decision of the National Energy and Utilities Regulatory Commission to raise the tariff for water supply for households is unreasonable and does not meet the conditions of wartime," said Minister of Energy of Ukraine German Galushchenko, commenting on the relevant decision of the National Energy and Utilities Regulatory Commission (NEURC).
The Minister emphasised that the NEURC had not discussed this sensitive decision with the Ministry of Energy and other representatives of the Government.
German Galushchenko noted that this was not the first decision made by the Commission without proper discussion. As an example, the Minister cited the NEURC's decision to revise price caps in the electricity market. The proposal for a new level of price caps, which was voiced by one of the commission's members and then adopted, is fundamentally different from the previous proposal, which was the subject of a public discussion involving the country's key energy companies.
The Minister of Energy stressed that Ukraine would face an extremely difficult heating season. The largest repair campaign in the energy sector since independence is currently underway. Therefore, every decision of any government agency should help energy companies recover from the unprecedented russian attacks as soon as possible and prepare for the next winter.
The Minister reminded that the day before, the President of Ukraine had signed a law implementing EU Regulation 1227/2011 on Wholesale Energy Market Integrity and Transparency (REMIT) into national legislation, which sets new high standards for the NEURC, but such decisions of the Commission do not meet such standards.