Bulgaria: Austrias EVN Checks into Electricity Overcharge Complaints

26. Oktober 2006, 00:00

Austrias power company EVN has launched a comprehensive inspection into the electricity bills of subscribers in...

Austrias power company EVN has launched a comprehensive inspection into the electricity bills of subscribers in Bulgaria in response to the growing number of overcharge complaints.

EVN Bulgaria chairman of the board of directors Stefan Siskovic informed Bulgarias Economy and Energy Minister Roumen Ovcharov about the ongoing inspection at a meeting on Wednesday. Siskovic assured the minister all potentially inflated bills would be subject to scrutiny and if any flaws are detected, would be promptly corrected and duly recompensed.

Checks EVN made to this date revealed that 7,500 subscribers in 17 villages in the regions of Bourgas and Yambol paid for electricity under a uniform tariff, whereas the first 75KW should be charged at a lower rate, the current legislation reads.

EVN promised that it will use a software programme to ensure stricter control in metering and charging electricity consumption.

As of Wednesday, the company has checked into 827 of the 2000 potential overcharge cases.

Austrian company EVN won the privatisation tenders for Plovdiv and Stara Zagoras power distribution companies in January 2005.

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