Non-payments increase and tariffs growth in response

21 february 2017 | OTR

Average heating costs for people in the Russian regions are estimated at RUB 3,174 in January 2017. However, they are lower in big cities than in urban-type villages. What are the factors that define heating costs? Mr. Dmitry Khomchenko, an expert for the Analytical Center, answered questions of OTR-TV channel’s journalists.

Dmitry Khomchenko
Dmitry Khomchenko
Department for Sectors of Economy

“There are many factors and they are multidirectional,” said Mr. Khomchenko in a live broadcast of Otrazhenie news show. “Increase of payments is driven by the worn-out infrastructure that causes large heat losses and the inefficient heat supply system.”

The expert thinks that the key problem is insufficient regulation of these matters both in legal terms and as to liability of heat supply monopolists and people themselves. “Your neighbor does not pay and you pay both for yourself and for himself that is also a driver for higher tariffs. Since non-payments increase due to the economic situation, the tariffs grow in response”, said Mr. Khomchenko.

The expert explains that producers seek to sell as much as possible and at a good price, they are not interested in energy efficiency. Saving brings benefits to consumers - monitoring that there are no overheating, chinks in windows, etc., consuming as much as they need. All these questions should be asked to one’s management company - demand installing a communal meter or entrance hall meters (in each flat it is unfortunately impossible) and monitor that bills are issued based on readings of such meters instead of invoices issued by the heat supplier. The management company will not take care of installing a communal meter itself, because a payment for heat is transit for it, warned Mr. Khomchenko.

A legislative problem is that we do not have leverages as payers. Payments will grow until we have such leverages and involve available ones, states the expert.