EPS rigged electricity bills

Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic confirmed on Sunday that irregularities in reading of the consumed electricity by Serbian citizens in December 2016 had been discovered. He also said that the relevant authorities would conduct an investigation into the matter, and promised that Electric Power Industry of Serbia (EPS) would find a way to compensate those citizens who had already paid their exaggerated bills.

CEO of EPS, Milorad Grcic has also announced an investigation into the matter, and is even willing to fire those responsible. The local offices in the cities of Nis and Belgrade seem to be at the heart of the problem because it seems that their workers had not even gone out to read the electricity metres.

“It is normal for the electricity bills to be between 5% and 20% higher during cold months, but it is absolutely impossible for them to be higher by 100% or even 150% despite the weather. We have noticed irregularities in EPS’ operations and there will be an investigation. I have warned Milorad Grcic about his, and he is going to inform the public about the measures he will undertake to resolve the problem. Those consumers that paid more than what they spent in December, would get a refund, or will be allowed to reduce their next month’s bills by the amount they overpaid”, the PM added.

“I would like to apologize to all citizens, the clients of EPS’, because there had been an obvious error in reading electricity metres in certain areas, which lead to the erroneous electricity bills. We are going to conduct a very thorough investigation into this. EPS’ supervisors are going to read the electricity consumption for January, and we are going to correct all the electricity bills that need to be corrected”, Grcic added. He also announced that the investigation would have been completed in two to three days.

(Vecernje Novosti, 22.01.2017)


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