Romania's market regulator hikes regulated central heating price

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Romanian energy market regulator ANRE approved the new regulated prices for the heat delivered to municipal distribution systems, local media reported, according to Romania-insider.

The increase ranges between 85% and 95%, with a couple of exceptions. Thus, ANRE approved an 86.6% increase in the price delivered by Electrocentrale Bucureşti (Elcen), from RON 176.6 to RON 329.4 (EUR 66.56) per Gcal [1 Gcal = 1,163 megawatt-hour], Hotnews.ro reported.

For the other heating providers in Bucharest, which supply about 10-15% of the municipality's consumption, Vest Energo CET Militari and CET Griviţa, ANRE also approved a similar 86% increase in the price.

Currently, the total end-user (production, transport and distribution) price in Bucharest is RON 490 per Gcal (EUR 99/1,163 MWh), out of which the households pay only RON 164 (EUR 33.13), and the municipality tops up the end-user price in the form of a subsidy. 

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