NEW ELECTRICITY TRANSMISSION USE-OF-SYSTEM CHARGES AS OF MARCH 1
Friday, February 8, 2013.
Pursuant to its jurisdiction arising from the Energy Law, The Energy Agency has approved new electricity transmission use-of-system charges to the Public Enterprise “Elektromreža Srbije” (PE EMS). As of March 1, 2013, the total average charge will amount to 0.435 RSD/kW/h, i.e. the increase will amount to 29% as opposed to 37% increase which was applied for in early December 2012.
This charge will become applicable directly to the system users connected to the transmission system, i.e. in line with the Law, only to those customers who were obliged to enter the market as of January 1, 2013 and whose consumption amounts to less than 10% of the Serbian market.
The main reason for the given charge increase lies in the high growth of costs of electricity loss recovery within the transmission system. Namely, pursuant to the Law, as of January 1, 2013, electricity is purchased by PE EMS at market price which is over 60% higher than the regulated one. All other acknowledged transmission costs are increased considerably below the proclaimed inflation in the previous period.
For all other customers supplied by PE EPS at regulated prices, transmission use-of-system charges increase will amount to 9.2% since PE EPS now also provides, i.e. sells electricity to the transmission system for loss recovery and system services. New transmission charges will be applicable to these customers only when PE EPS has its new public supply prices approved.
Even after this increase, the average transmission use-of-system charge in Serbia is the lowest one in Europe which is being covered by the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity – ENTSO-E.