Skopje, October 13, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Naser Pajaziti
The deadline for the liberalization of the electricity market for households and small businesses in FYROM has been postponed. With this decision, citizens and small companies are not obliged to buy electricity on their own starting from next year, as it was foreseen.
The government justifies such step with the analyses that have been made and which have shown that if the market is liberalized, citizens will pay a higher price for the price of electricity.
Liberalization of the electricity market was postponed for the middle of 2016 and must be finalized in 2020.
The process will undergo several phases. In 2016, electricity will be purchased in the free market by those who consume more than 1 thousand megawatt hours, in 2017, those who consume more than 500 megawatt hours, in 2018, those with over 100 megawatt hours, in 2019, those who consume more than 25 megawatt hours and in 2020, all 600 thousand households.
In spite of this, the government says that FYROM has the most liberalized market of electricity in the region. /ibna/