Even without the 800 kwh band, Albanians pay more for energy than countries in the region

2022-11-01 17:35:43Biznes SHKRUAR NGA ARBEN RROZHANI
Albanians pay more for energy than other countries in the region

The Energy Regulatory Body decided to apply the band above 800 kilowatts, for which 9.5 Lek without VAT is paid since 2014. For the months of November-December, those who consume more than 800 kilowatts will pay 44 Lek without VAT, or about 5 times more - declared ERE at the end of May October. But the government, from Prime Minister Rama, to Minister Balluku, or the head of the Parliamentary Group, Balla, have said that everything depends on the expected rainfall and on the savings made by consumers.

The price increase was defended two months ago by the government with the increase in energy prices in international markets, while Prime Minister Rama has stated several times that Albania is the only country that has not increased energy prices. But while the blackmail with the placement or not of the bandage for consumption over 800 kwh continues and is held like the sword of Demokles over the heads of family consumers, an analysis carried out by the business consultant, Enea Janko, shows that Albanians have been paying more for energy for years than some other countries in the region, such as Kosovo, Serbia, or North Macedonia, which were taken for comparative analysis.

Even without the 800 kwh band, Albanians pay more for energy than countries in
Comparative table with prices in Albania and some countries of the region

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In Kosovo, who consumes up to 800 kwh per month, is billed in two bands: Energy consumed during the night from 22.00 - 07.00 is paid at a price of 3.37 Lek/kwh or 2.82 times lower than the price paid by family consumers in Albania, while for for energy consumed from 07.00-22.00 they pay 7.87 ALL/kwh or about 1.21 times less than in Albania. Who consumes more than 800 kwh per month, the price during the night from 22.00 - 07.00 is 6.88 ALL/kwh or about 6.1 times lower than the price that household consumers in Albania would pay after November 1 and for the energy consumed by hours 07.00-22.00 they pay a price of 14.59 ALL/kwh or about 2.88 times less than in Albania.

North Macedonia

North Macedonia has four bands for the payment of electricity for households. For the energy consumed during the night from 22:00 to 07:00 they pay about 1.16 Lek/kwh, or about 8.2 times less than the price paid by household consumers in Albania.

For energy consumed from 07.00 - 22.00 pay:

For consumption up to 210 kwh per month, the price is 8.11 lek/kwh or about 1.17 times lower than in Albania.

For the consumption of 210-630 kwh per month, the price is 8.77 ALL/kwh or about 1.08 times lower than in Albania.

Serbia

In Serbia, household consumers pay a fixed price of ALL 8.07/kwh, regardless of the amount of electricity consumption. Compared to the lowest price in Albania, Serbian consumers pay a price about 1.18 times lower, while compared to Albanian citizens who would consume over 800 kwh per month, Serbs pay a price about 5.2 times lower.

As if this deep price difference were not enough, in Albania the VAT of 20 percent is applied, while in Kosovo the VAT is reduced to 8% and in Macedonia 5%.

Seen from this comparison, every price increase and phased return is neither a response to the world crisis nor to educate with savings, but a deepening of the government's extortion of family consumers.

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