[경제]Energy public companies such as KEPCO ‘four trillions in deficit’ … Electricity rate hike ‘weight’ after Chuseok

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Electricity rates, which were frozen in the second and third quarters in a row, are expected to rise after Chuseok.

As fuel prices rise and public energy companies such as KEPCO are expected to record losses of more than 4 trillion won this year, the possibility of a raise is gaining weight.

Reporter Lee Ji-eun on the sidewalk.

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The government and KEPCO plan to announce the electricity rates for the fourth quarter after the Chuseok holiday.

According to the fuel cost index system, the electricity rate for the fourth quarter is determined based on the fuel cost from June to August.

The government lowered the electricity rate by 3 won per kWh (kilowatt hour) in the first quarter, and also frozen the electricity rate in the second and third quarters when oil prices rose due to price stability.

However, with the price of power generation fuel soaring, it seems unlikely that the increase will be delayed further.

Above all, it is a great burden that public energy companies such as KEPCO, which were in the black last year, will record a deficit of 4 trillion won this year.

[유승훈 / 서울과기대 에너지정책학과 교수 : (작년하고 비교하면) 발전 연료인 천연가스와 석탄의 가격이 거의 두 배로 올랐습니다. 지금 사실 요금을 정상화하지 않고 적게 내게 되면 한전이 적자를 보고, 한전이 적자를 보면 결국에는 우리의 후세대들이 다 그것을 갚고 부담을 해야 되거든요.]

However, with the consumer price inflation rate of 2% for the fifth straight month, a tug-of-war is expected between the Ministry of Finance, which focuses on price management, and the Ministry of Industry, which wants to adjust.

There is also a forecast that rate hikes will be modest in the face of the presidential election.

Earlier, Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy Moon Seung-wook drew a line that there was no political intention in relation to electricity rates.

[문승욱 / 산업통상자원부 장관 (지난 9일) : 현재로서는 인하 요인과 인상 요인을 상쇄하면서 전체적으로는 물가 안정에 도움이 될 수 있도록 전기 요금에 분산해서 반영한 것이지 어떠한 정치적 의도나 이런 문제 때문에 그렇게 운영하지는 않았다는….]

City gas rates, which have been frozen for 15 months since July last year, are also expected to rise along with electricity rates due to cost increases.

This is YTN Lee Ji-eun.

YTN Lee Ji-eun ([email protected])

[저작권자(c) YTN & YTN plus 무단전재 및 재배포 금지]

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