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11.10.2017 10:39
19,788 clients have left the regulated electricity market in the course of half a year

  • As reported by the regulatory body the total number of household customers throughout 2016 was 4,451,304, as the annual average consumption per client is 2,411 MWh.
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19,788 clients left the regulated electricity market in the course of half a year – from April to September this year. 18,821 of them are non-household customers and 967 – households. The number of the ones who returned to the regulated market is 1,106, 73 of which are household customers according to the Energy and Water Regulatory Commission’s (EWRC) data. The information was presented by the regulator’s chairman Assoc. Prof. Ivan Ivanov during the first of a series of expert discussions Energy Managers’ Forum, organised by Utilities Magazine.
As reported by the regulatory body the total number of household customers throughout 2016 was 4,451,304, as the annual average consumption per client is 2,411 MWh. The total number of non-household customers is 494,818 with an annual average consumption of 25,52 MWh.
The coefficient of change of supplier within non-household clients for 2016 was 8,12%, while it was slightly above 4% a year earlier, added Ivanov. For household clients this coefficient was 0,12% for the last year. We remind that standardised load profiles, which allow households to change their supplier, have become a fact from the beginning of April 2016 along with the EWRC’s instruction for changing supplier.
As stated by EWRC’s chairman, it is necessary to adopt a roadmap for phasing out regulated retail prices until 2021 which requires legal deadlines for entry into the free market. In Ivanov’s words non-household customers’ entry into the free market should be done as late as the end of 2018, a prerequisite of which is ensuring the liquidity of the free electricity market. In parallel, an electric power comparison platform and simplified and comprehensible invoices should be introduced for household clients.

TAGS: EWRC | Ivan Ivanov | free market | regulated market | change | supplier | liberalisation | electricity 

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