Electricity price goes up
The latest household electricity prices show that net tariffs increased while network transmission tariffs have gone down. The result is an approximate 4% increase in regulated market prices for domestic consumers.
The reason for the seeming contradiction is that the state thermal power plant Maritsa Iztok 2 was included in the household mix. If it had not been included, the plant could have gone bust due to the cheap electricity prices on the exchange.
The average growth in electricity prices ( without the transmission fees) is over 40%. This is evident from the determined price that the public supplier the National Electricity Company (NEK) will deliver to end users - it rises from BGN 82 per MWh to BGN 115 per MWh. To offset price increases for end-users, network charges are reduced by an average of 30%.
Gas goes down, thermal heating price stay the same
The energy regulator reaffirmed the natural gas price for the regulated market in July at BGN 60.58 per MWh. At this price, Bulgargaz EAD will sell natural gas to final suppliers and to companies that have been issued a license for the production and transmission of thermal energy.
This price is 8% lower than that of June. Earlier this month, Bulgargaz offered exactly the same price to the regulator.
However, according to the new thermal heating prices, decided once a year by the energy regulator, the heating plants will sell at the same tariffs in the next 12 months.
Migrants influx continues unabated
A total of 322 illegal migrants have been stopped In the span of a few hours during a large-scale police operation near the Bulgarian-Turkish border, according to border police.
The operation was carried out on the territory of Burgas and Yambol regions with the participation of about 700 Interior Ministry employees. Twenty five heckpoints were set up in road sections in the municipalities of Malko Tarnovo, Sredets and Elhovo.
In the past couple of months accidents involving illegal migration have increased and attempts to control it have been heavily criticized.