Bulgaria’s Energy Exchange to Start Functioning in December at Earliest

Bulgaria’s Energy Exchange to Start Functioning in December at Earliest

The participants in a discussion on Bulgaria’s energy exchange agreed that legal amendments were to pave the way for a change of the model so that the full liberalization of the market was achieved by the beginning of 2016.
The participants in Tuesday’s discussion, as cited by investor.bg, said that a fully functioning energy exchange formed the basis of liberalization, adding that the platform could be launched at the beginning of December at the earliest.
Bulgaria’s Deputy Prime Minister Tomislav Donchev suggested that the liberalization of the market would ensure a fair price of electricity which was not dependent on a decision of a watchdog.
“The free market gives a chance to the ones who are more efficient and who manage to produce a more competitive product,” he said, adding that the main benefit of the free market consisted in the opportunity to choose, not so much in a price reduction.
Energy Minister Temenuzhka Petkova drew attention to the need to change the status of the National Electric Company (NEK), which was a public supplier, the only buyer of electricity.
She made clear that the status of the national power utility would be changed through legal amendments by end-2015.

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