New electricity price, higher by even 10 percent, citizens will pay as of August, say sources of energy companies. Professional services of the Energy Regulatory Commission has already reviewed the submitted material costs from state ELEM and MEPSO and private EVN, after which, a decision would follow.

Unofficially, state ELEM submitted material costs to Energy Regulatory Commission, asking for an increase in the price of electricity for even 10 percent.

Of the total price of electricity paid by citizens, 50 percent goes to ELEM, 44 percent of EVN and 6 percent of the transfer, i.e. MEPSO.

How many percent will the price of electricity increase will be known by the end of July, and the new price in the bills will be delivered by August. Last year, the price of electricity rose by 3.5 percent.

According to Eurostat data, Macedonians pay the lowest price for electricity in the region. Data show that Macedonian citizens pay an average price of 0.0785 euros per kilowatt-hour, while in Kosovo the average price is 0.0552 and in Serbia the average price of a kilowatt-hour is 0.0607 euros.

In Bulgaria, however, the average family pays 0.0832 euros per kilowatt-hour, Greece 0.1767 euros per kilowatt-hour, while, in Slovenia, a kilowatt-hour has an average price of 0.1630 euros. Bosnia and Herzegovina’s price per kilowatt-hour is 0.0791 euro, while, in Montenegro, it is 0.0985 euros. The price of a kilowatt-hour paid by an average household in Albania amounted to 0.1156 euros.

Although the price of electricity in Macedonia is high for the citizens due to the low standard and high unemployment compared with the region, Macedonia has the lowest cost of electricity together with Kosovo and Serbia. Compared with other countries in the region, the price is among the lowest, even though the country supplies almost one third of consumption with import.