Tariffs for thermal energy should be raised by 37% to bring them to economically feasible levels, director of heat tariff policy department of the State Commission for Regulation of Public Utilities Mykola Raskovsky told a round table, ForUm correspondent reports.

"Now the tariff for thermal power is 227 UAH per 1 Gcal. Economically feasible cost of one Gcal in 2012 amounted to 312 UAH, without VAT. In our opinion, the tariff lags by 37% from the economically reasonable cost," he said.

Raskovsky said raising tariffs is a political question, as it is strongly associated with the ability of the population to pay.

"However, the Commission has identified the economically justified level of cost of production, transportation and supplies for 37 heating companies in the country," Raskovsky said.

The State Commission for Regulation of Public Utilities submitted two draft resolutions to the Cabinet of Ministers: "The project of gradual bringing heat tariffs to economically feasible levels” and the “Project of changing the system of dating heating enterprises".

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