The heat supply market has huge potential and enormous resources: it is absolutely impossible to manage without heat; it has no replacement, no alternative. But this product has a downside, and it imposes very serious restrictions, it has high social significance: the tariff. Within these limitations it is very difficult to find a solution that allows to increase efficiency and reliability without harming consumers — Ayrat Sabirzanov, First Deputy General Director - Director for Economics and Finance, "Tatenergo".
When we talk about reforming heat supply, we always talk about growing tariffs, in one way or another; nevertheless, I would rather be very careful, because there are so many reasons why it is so difficult to raise heat tariffs. There is an additional factor: the low inflation that we now have in Russia, which is likely to remain in the coming years. In terms of low inflation, the contribution of tariffs to inflation has grown, so if it used to be about 20%, it is nearly half now — Natalya Porokhova, Head of Research and Forecasting Group, Analytical Credit Rating Agency (ACRA).
There is a difficult situation: the tariffs are very high, but healthy demand is not too high <...> Therefore, we are trying to create infrastructural, systematic prerequisites that would allow companies to develop in this difficult situation. New regulations are being adopted: the principal one among them is the law ‘On Heat Supply’ — Vitaly Korolev, Deputy Head, Federal Antimonopoly Service of the Russian Federation (FAS Russia).
We have a 30% tariff growth, given the five-year increase, we had to add the reduction coefficient on top of that. So the period of bringing it up to the price of the alternative boiler facility is 7 years, <...> we fit into the indices, taking into account the maximum deviations — Sergey Buharov, First Deputy General Director, Sibtek.