Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk appealed to the Ministry of Energy
and Coal Industry of Ukraine and the National Commission for State Regulation in Energy and Public
Utilities (NERC) with a demand to fix fines for those district heating
companies that had failed to turn off heating and used gas inefficiently,
"However, no copeck of this fine should be
included in the bills that people pay", the PM stressed at a Government
meeting on Wednesday, April 15.
The Head of Government reminded that pursuant to the law municipalities
and local authorities are responsible for making decisions to switch off
heating in flats.
Arseniy Yatsenyuk reminded that the previous month he had addressed local
authorities to adopt a decision to lower the temperature of a coolant to "economize
not just in words, but in action": "It is impossible with 20 degrees
above zero outside to make people open the windows as the heating enterprises continue
to intentionally burn gas to increase people’s bills."
He appealed to mayors of cities: "You were elected by the people.
You are well aware that gas is expensive, rates are high. Why weren’t decisions
taken to stop heating homes when temperature regimes have turned into plus regime?"
"In Kyiv alone every 10 seconds there is being burned average salary
of Ukraine’s citizen", stressed the Prime Minister.
Arseniy Yatsenyuk appealed to the Ministry of Energy and Coal Industry of
Ukraine and the National Commission
for State Regulation of Energy and Public Utilities: “It shouldn’t be that way.
If someone wants to burn gas when it is hot outside - just fine district
heating companies. Fix for them a separate rate containing a penalty for
inefficient gas use. But not a single copeck of this
fine should be included in the bills for the population".