Energy generating company Kyivenerho, which supplies Kyiv residents with power and heat, explains that the heavy heating bills were issued for the residents of houses without heat meters and under the procedure adopted by the Cabinet. According to this procedure, the utility cost is defined by the average temperature and the heating period duration. Kyivenerho PJSC CEO Yevhen Bushma told a briefing, Censor.NET reports citing UNIAN.
"There is a peculiarity associated with the decision of the Cabinet of Ministers of Dec. 19, 2015. This resolution takes into account two key factors: heating period duration - the number of days in a month when the heating was actually provided, and the ratio of ambient temperature and the temperature laid down in the tariff," Bushma said.
"No errors or mistakes were made," he said on the heavy bills that have stirred strong reaction of Kyivites.
According to him, the residents of houses equipped with heat meters are billed according to the actual amount of heat shown on the meter.
1,800 out of 9,000 houses heated by Kyivenerho in the capital city do not have meters installed.
"It is impossible to install heat meters in about 700 houses in Kyiv due to lack of technical capacity," Kyivenerho CEO said.
Kyiv City State Administration Deputy Head Petro Panteleiev, who was also at the press conference, assured that all the houses in Kyiv would be equipped by the building-level heat meters by the end of the year.
"By the end of the year, we plan to install meters in 100 percent of houses falling within the ambit of the city administration and houses run by the housing and condominium associations," he said.
Related materials: Rates for housing services and utilities