HEAD OF FAS RUSSIA PRESENTED RESULTS AND WAYS OF DEVELOPING TARIFF REGULATION
On October 12, 2021, Maxim Shaskolskiy made a keynote report at the opening of All-Russian tariff conference
He noted that this July, the Concept of Long-term Tariff Regulation was approved, which will apply to the areas of utilities, electric power, waste management, gas supply, communications and rail transport.
This document assumes the creation of legal mechanisms that would guarantee organizations the preservation of additional profits. They will help channel the resulting savings from regulated entities towards infrastructure investment.
In addition, Head of the FAS Russia told that a draft Law on state regulation of tariffs has been prepared and is in a high degree of readiness.
Maxim Shaskolskiy in his speech touched upon the topic of digitalization of tariff regulation. He said that work is currently underway to develop a Unified automated information system, which will receive the status of a state one in the future.
As an example of digitalization, the Head of the FAS cited the results of the work of the Tariff Traffic Light digital service: the FAS Russia adopted 40 orders to cancel tariff decisions in 24 constituent entities of the Russian Federation in the first half of 2021.
Maxim Shaskolskiy separately touched upon the topic of the electric power industry. He noted that the first stage of the unification of energy zones, the formation of micro regions with a single tariff level has been completed to tighten the regions in terms of socio-economic development, reduce the level of tariffs for electricity transmission and increase the investment attractiveness of the regions.
The new zones include the Rostov region and the Republic of Kalmykia, as well as the Kurgan and Tyumen regions, the Khanty-Mansi and Yamalo-Nenets autonomous districts.
The FAS Russia revised the tariff limits, which allowed the regulatory authorities of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation to set tariffs for electricity transmission for non-population consumers at a single level within one energy zone.
As a result, since July 1, 2021 tariffs have been reduced in the Altai Republic by an average of 48%, in the Tyva Republic – by 35%, in the Kurgan Region – by 28%, in the Republic of Kalmykia – by 8%.
At the end of his report, the Head of the FAS said that the joint work carried out by the antimonopoly authority, regional tariff authorities, consumers and infrastructure companies is a significant contribution to economic growth and to the observance of public interests.