Bulgaria: CEZ demands removal of obstacles for grid investments

18. September 2014. / SEE Energy News

CEZ has argued actions of Bulgaria’s energy regulator DKEVR that it do not encourage investment in the grid. CEZ also claim that changes introduced by DKEVR in early 2013 put obstacles to investment opportunities.
Electricity distribution company CEZ has proposed that its share in the consumer price of electricity be raised to a level which would allow it to maintain the energy grid.

The company has called on the energy regulator to set prices in a fair and transparent way, with grid operators placed on equal footing.

CEZ has argued actions of Bulgaria’s energy watchdog DKEVR that it do not encourage investment in the grid. CEZ also claim that changes introduced by DKEVR in early 2013 put obstacles to investment opportunities.

DKEVR decreased by 90% the share of CEZ in end prices in 2013, boosting that of state-owned National Electric Company (NEK) and the Energy System Operator (ESO).

Even after a two-percent hike of final prices was introduced in July 2014, EDCs have complained of dwindling revenues.

CEZ is meanwhile planning to invest BGN 862 900 in the power grid of Western Bulgaria, with infrastructure building and repairs in the capital Sofia and the towns of Pleven and Mezdra.

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