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Utilities Émasz, Főgáz win consumer prizes

The Hungarian Alliance of Energy Consumers has named gas distributor for the capital Főgaz and electricity distributor for north Hungary "Best Universal Service Provider" based on their activities in 2010, the management of the companies said on Monday.

Universal service providers - energy suppliers that use a price structure and level controlled by the state - cannot compete with prices, thus they compete in the area of services and products offered, said Főgaz CEO Laszlo Koncz.

Emasz board member Zoltan Kovesdi said the company offers clients a 30% discount on rates if they use a heat pump, citing an example of an innovative product.