Electricity and Natural Gas Distribution Services as Part of Coronaavirus Outbreak
02.04.2020 Habertürk Newspaper olcay Aydilek reported https://www.haberturk.com/son-dakika-haberi-elektrik-ve-dogalgaz-faturasinda-yeni-donem-haberler-2632566-ekonomi news;
As part of the fight against the coronary virus epidemic; staff working in counter reading services in urban distribution services will be cut off from subscribers and contribute to the fight against the epidemic. In this context, the Energy Market Regulatory Authority (EMRA) electricity and natural gas services invoicing; as in some western countries examples, by temporarily suspending the monthly regular meter reading service;
It is reported that consumers are in a study; to arrange invoices taking into account their average consumption over the last 2 years and precedent consumption for those who do not have past period consumption.
This application is published in the Official Gazette on 30.05.2018 and numbered 30436; article 31 of the Electricity Market Consumer Services Regulation; Even though it is legally applicable under the conditions of the power reasons set out in Article 35 of the Electricity Market Licensing Regulation no. 2.11.2013 and numbered 28809;
In practice, as a result of the decrease in capacity in commercial activities; due to the epidemic or with the decrease in consumption of businesses suspending their activities; these enterprises will be billed as non-consumption by invoice compared to previous period consumption and will cause a complete confusion.
In addition, even if electricity companies have updated consumers’ e-invoice information so that invoice information can be sent electronically; it will also be a problem for consumers to pass on their billing and debt information to the consumer, especially before the recently activated e-archive billing application is fully seated, e-mail or GSM numbers are fully updated.
Electricity and Natural Gas Distribution Services Bills As Part of Coronaavirus Outbreak
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On 26.03.2020 on a website; https://www.tarafsizhaberajansi.com/2020/03/26/bakan-donmezden-elektrik-ve-dogal-gaz-aciklamasi/ a statement attributed to Energy Minister Fatih Dönmez in a news release published in The New Year;
As part of the fight against Koronavirus, citizens are asked to stay at home; (There is no clarity on non-residential consumption.) electricity and natural gas services will continue uninterrupted.
Despite this statement, in recent days, housing subscribers in some provinces due to debt power outage is reported in the media.
In this case, either this statement has not been sent; as a circular to the relevant institutions, or some distribution companies are doing transactions contrary to the circular.
In this case, distribution companies will also be able to continue their operations if their debts to the supplier resulting from the energy supply of distribution companies are deferred or structured.
If the electricity, gas and water bills of consumers for a certain period of time will not be borne by the state; as in some western countries and the Democratic Republic of the Congo; The economic and social effects will be much more devastating if there is no effective solution to the shortage of consumers who have already lost income to pay bills.