Rīga heating costs to surge even more

As of March 1 next year, the tariffs on heating energy supplied by JSC “Rīgas siltums” could rise by 6.7%, according to the official publication “Latvijas Vēstnesis”.

As of November 1 this year, Rīgas siltums customers have to pay EUR 66.76 per megawatt-hour (MWh) for thermal energy, but from March 1 of the following year this cost will be EUR 71.22.

According to “Rīgas siltums”, the tariff changes are linked to the rapid increase in energy prices and the end of the state aid for the “Imanta” thermal center.

During this heating season, the Rīga heat tariff has grown twice. On September 1, it increased by 26.6%, compared to the previous charge, and again by 16.5% on November 1.

As a whole, the tariff increased by 47.5% this autumn, or by EUR 21.49.

“Rīgas siltums” is one of the main suppliers of thermal energy in Rīga. It shall carry out the production, transmission and marketing of heating energy and shall ensure the maintenance of the internal heating systems of the building. 49% of the capital is owned by Riga City Council, 48.99% - the Latvian State, 2% - SIA Enerģijas risinājumi RIX, while Latvenergo AS holds 0.005% of shares.

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