MOSCOW, April 8 – RIA Novosti. The authorities are discussing the issue of introducing additional benefits for electricity for socially unprotected segments of the population, Izvestia writes with reference to the minutes of the meeting of the State Council commission on the energy sector.
Currently, the government is limiting the growth of the cost of electricity for the poor through cross-subsidization – an increase in electricity tariffs for businesses. Its volume reached 239 billion rubles a year.
The introduction of additional benefits for the poor is possible with the transition to economically justified tariffs, which implies a decrease in the volume of cross-subsidization. However, this will entail an increase in tariffs for wealthy citizens, the newspaper writes. “In the current conditions, it is important to consider the transition to an economically justified tariff for the population with the development of targeted support measures for socially unprotected segments of the population: an increase in the tariff for high-income citizens and subsidizing the tariff for low-income citizens, “the document says.
The Ministry of Construction told Izvestia that the transition to economically justified tariffs should be synchronized with the provision of subsidies to citizens in need. It is noted that in most Russian regions they are received by families who spend 22% of their budget to pay for housing and communal services. In this regard, the department proposed to adjust this figure to 15%.
Last year, the wholesale price of electricity in Russia rose to its maximum value in five years, reaching 2.54 thousand rubles per 1 MWh in the European part and in the Urals, and 1.78 thousand rubles per 1 MWh in Siberia.