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Only 45% of Riga residents have paid for heating

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At the beginning of the heating season the population debts in Latvia reached an average of 18% from the consumed heating (20 million lats), however now they have already hit 25%, indicates Paulis Barons, the Advisor at the Latvian Association of Local Governments.

AS Rīgas Siltums’ data is almost catastrophic, because in the period from October to December 2010 only 45% of the inhabitants had paid for the heat energy, namely, the company had supplied heat for about 36 million lats, but received only 16 million lats in payments, P. Barons indicates to the newspaper Dienas Bizness.

AS Rīgas Siltums is the key centralized heat supply market player in Latvia – its market share amounts to 52%. If Riga residents are so inactively paying heating bills, then what is the situation in the regions? This period is the most hardest for all heat energy companies each year, not only for Rīgas Siltums. This year, the situation with debtors is worse than before; however, the debt volume is gradually diminishing, and currently the actual amount of debt comprises 11 million lats, emphasizes Linda Rence, the Head of AS Rīgas Siltums Information Department.


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  1. Tom Piller says:

    But some bills do amount to more than 100 lats, that’s outrageous, heating is too expensive and it is not that easy always for people to change to smaller apartments.

    • AC says:

      Centralized heating is a lame duck. Instead of keeping ie Riga Siltums alive the country should have created investments, tax benefits, etc. into more up to date and environmentally-friendly technologies for the individual properties and then leave it up to them how to settle the bills. Rigas Siltums as such has no future (it is an obvious restructuring opportunity) and the network in Riga is stone-age.

      • Joanna says:

        Centralised heating is hardly a lame duck you portray AC as it is heralded as the most efficient way to heat homes. Granted the technology used in Latvia is not always state of the art but they could learn a lot from Danish and Swedish examples which run on renewable sources.

        Maybe the answer is that the companies be run for the benefit of the people who use it ie community ownership, with profits ploughed back into upgrading poorly insulated properties.

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