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Alignment does not come out

Granting subsidies to generating companies of the Far East in the form proposed by the FAS, a number of federal ministries and departments do not support

A number of federal ministries received a crushing criticism of a draft law providing for the provision of subsidies to generating companies in the Far East, including JSC RAO Energy Systems of the East, due to premiums to consumers in the rest of the country.

Alignment does not come out
The draft amendments developed by the Federal Antimonopoly Service in accordance with the instructions of Russian President Vladimir Putin to apply a premium to the price of capacity of power plants in the European part of Russia and the Urals, allowing to reduce energy tariffs in the Far East, criticized a number of government agencies. The FAS is opposed by the Ministry of Economic Development and the Ministry of Energy, and even the Ministry for the Development of the Russian Far East, which had previously approved them, hesitates. Disagreements between the FAS and federal ministries will be resolved by the initiator of the allowance - the plenipotentiary of the President of the Russian Federation in the Far Eastern Federal District, Yuri Trutnev.

“The government has already prepared a report on the draft law and regulatory legal acts developed by the FAS for the President, which will be considered by him. As a result of the consideration, we hope that the Government will have the opportunity to submit the bill to the State Duma in the second quarter of 2016. In addition to the Federal Antimonopoly Service, the Ministry of Economic Development, the Ministry of Energy and the Ministry of Eastern Development were involved in the development of documents. We are unanimous with the Ministry of the East with regard to all positions of the documents, with other colleagues we continue to seek mutually acceptable solutions - we conduct consultations on a daily basis - and, I am sure, we will find them. Everyone understands the importance of solving the problem of tariffs in the Far East with the least means of influencing other consumers, ”said Vitaly Korolev, Deputy Head of the FAS Russia.

He explained that the FAS has developed a draft law and prepared regulatory legal acts that will reduce tariffs for the Far East to the average Russian level without attracting budget funds. Taking into account the fact that the tariff reduction should be achieved without the use of subsidies, the bill provides for the possibility of establishing a premium for consumers in Europe and Siberia for three years in order to compensate for the shortfall in revenues of the energy companies of the Far Eastern Federal District. For end consumers, this increase will average no more than 2%. That is, it will practically not affect them, and electricity tariffs for citizens, since they are fully regulated by the state, will not change at all. According to the bill, the Government will be able to determine in which regions this mechanism will be applied, to which categories of consumers it will apply and to what extent funds will be allocated for these purposes "

According to him, it is assumed that after the entry into force of the documents, the reduction of tariffs will take place in the following sequence: first of all - in Chukotka, Kamchatka, Yakutia, the Jewish Autonomous Region, as well as the Amur, Magadan and Sakhalin regions; then - in the Khabarovsk and Primorsky regions.

The Ministry of Economic Development believes that, due to the reduction in tariffs for the regions of the Far Eastern Federal District, the investment attractiveness of the macroregion will not increase, while due to the introduction of a premium on the wholesale market, prices will rise, which will increase inflation. The department considers a way out in this situation to provide a discount only to new energy-intensive consumers in isolated zones of the Far East. These are such regions as Magadan Oblast, Chukotka, Yakutia, Sakhalin and Kamchatka, where tariffs are several times higher than the average for the Russian Federation. This will require no more than 2-3 billion rubles, which will be possible to receive from additional dividends of PJSC RusHydro (which includes RAO ES of the East).

According to the Ministry of Energy, the FAS project contradicts the president's order, which demanded not to resort to the use of budget funds to reduce tariffs, since the surcharge provided for by the document will lead to an additional burden, including on budget consumers. For its part, the ministry proposes to determine the list of consumers in need of tariff reduction, as well as those producers who need compensation. However, it considers it necessary to assess the additional burden on the wholesale market following the entry into force of this law.

The EastRussia correspondent was informed in the Ministry for the Development of the Russian Far East that the ministry had still formed a position regarding this bill and is currently conducting a working agreement with the FAS.

A major lobbying organization, the Energy Consumers Community, has criticized the bill. He notes that the extractive industries in the Far East are not sensitive to the decline in electricity prices. They are highly dependent on the level of wages and the availability of loans. Members of the community, consisting, in particular, of the country's leading oil and gas, coal, metallurgical companies, in turn, ask for evidence of the validity of the current tariffs for electricity.

RusHydro refused to comment on the draft law developed by the FAS for the EastRussia correspondent, saying that they would provide the company's opinion only in the future - when the regulatory act on subsidies to generating companies in the Far East has already been adopted.

“The bill is not the only measure that is being worked out by the FAS in order to reduce tariffs in the Far Eastern Federal District. A whole action plan has been developed - a "road map", which contains measures aimed at reducing the energy and transport costs of business entities operating in the Far East. For example, the issues of optimization of prices for the purchase of fuel for the production of electric energy, optimization of investment programs of electric power industry entities and measures for the development of generating facilities operating in this macroregion using renewable energy sources are considered. We will be grateful if interested persons, including public organizations, join the work and propose compensatory measures aimed at reducing tariffs in the Far Eastern Federal District and reducing the effect of the surcharge for the European part of Russia and Siberia. All constructive proposals will be considered and included in the draft "road map", - added Vitaly Korolyov.

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Vladimir Putin instructed the Government to align with the average Russian energy tariffs in the Far East during his speech at the plenary session of the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, held in September. After that, from his side, the Government also received an order to carry out such equalization in such a way as not to use budget funds for this. He instructed the Cabinet of Ministers to develop the regulatory and legal framework necessary to fulfill these tasks by March 1, 2016.
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