An article published by 24chasa follows the process of small business customers entering the liberalized electricity market. An excerpt from the article is published below. You can access the complete article at: https://www.24chasa.bg/novini/article/9838984
Only 10 days left to choose an electricity trader for small business consumers. Then those who didn’t may have higher electricity prices. If the companies do not choose an electricity trader by July 1, they will not be left without electricity, but will be supplied from the so-called supplier of last resort.
A 24chasa consultation with CEZ, Energo-Pro and EVN shows that restaurants, cafes, offices, pavilions and other small businesses are in no hurry to enter the liberalized market.
From 109,358 customers of CEZ Electro Bulgaria, 75% are still using standard contract, or 82,282 consumers. So far, 27,076 non-domestic customers have switched to the liberalized market, concluding a contract with a licensed electricity trader. Of these, 20,327 have again chosen CEZ Electro as their supplier.
At Energo-Pro, out of a total of 67,000 companies that have to buy electricity on the liberalized market, 45,000 have not chosen a supplier, yet. Or this is 67.16% of all small businesses.
At EVN, there are 62,000 non-domestic consumers who have not done so. The company does not provide how many are obliged to enter the liberalized market, but according to publications, the number is around 95,000.
The EWRC had a commitment to create an online price comparison tool used to compare the offers of traders and allow customers to sign supply contracts. On January 1, the platform was ready and not only small companies but also household consumers can use it. However, it is not very popular, as to date there are 602 applications for contracts, given that this number includes both household and non-household consumers. There are fifty active retailers according to the list published by EWRC. Out of those 35 have registered offers on the platform.
The complete article is available at (only in Bulgarian): https://www.24chasa.bg/novini/article/9838984