The planned liberalization of the electricity market, the abolishment of the centrally set price, is likely to create regional differences in prices.
According to plans of the Ministry of Economy and Transport, so called general providers will be appointed in each region, following a selection process to find the lowest cost electricity supplier. General providers will set the prices for the region, which is likely to be lower in densely populated areas since the cost of service per customer is cheaper.
Consumers in the countryside can expect to pay higher electricity bills when compared with consumers in Budapest starting from January 2008. It will be possible to switch between providers within a region, as general providers will not have exclusive service rights after market liberalization. (Népszabadság)