EnEf in Supply
Given the fact that, according to the present analysis, in Bosnia and Herzegovina electricity is used quite irrationally, and, among other things, this is caused by the relatively low cost of electricity, JP EPBiH in its electricity supply business launched a series of activities that will be focused on the promotion of rational use of electricity and electricity savings on the demand side. Estimates are that there is great potential for reduction of energy consumption. The above activities will be based on educating customers and raising their awareness on the need for a more rational use of electricity. The focus of attention will be on the household customers of electricity, whose share in total electricity consumption is about 50%.
In part Customer Advice, you can find tips on how to rationally use energy and ways of consumption that can reduce the amount of electricity bills.
Some of the energy efficiency measures that JP EPBiH has implemented far can be summarized as follows:
Giving light bulbs
As a socially responsible company and with goal of protecting consumers’ standard, and environmental protection, in December 2008 JP EPBiH started with the campaign of giving light bulbs to its customers. The intention was that each household, along with educational materials, was to receive energy efficient light bulb. A total of 618,000 20 watt light bulbs were procured, which effectively replace 100 watts incandescent light bulbs, provide the same light, and spend up to six times less electricity. All procured light bulbs were given to end users of electricity.
In January 2012 the campaign of giving light bulbs continued. On that occasion we procured a total of 150,000 bulbs, and the intention was to give energy efficient light bulbs only to the most vulnerable population. Two energy saving bulbs were given pensioners with the lowest pensions, and to beneficiaries of permanent social assistance. In the period January 9th – February 17th 2012, of the total of 150,000 light bulbs 88,672 light bulbs were given in all five branches for distribution. Energy saving light bulbs will allow socially vulnerable customers to be more rational with consumption and to save energy, and allow them to achieve monthly electricity consumption that does not exceed 268 kWh, which is a prerequisite for subsidies. Campaign of giving light bulbs to most vulnerable population continued until the end of 2012.
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Providing support to end users through subsidies from the Government of FBiH
In accordance with the FBiH Government decision on the implementation of measures to reduce the cost of electricity to households and stimulate energy efficiency, and the decision of the Supervisory Board of the JP EPBiH on the application of this Decision, JP Elektroprivreda BiH used the data obtained from the competent authorities (Federal Bureau for Pension Insurance and competent services/social work centers in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina) and starting with August 1st 2011 it now calculates and reports amounts of subsidies for customers, who have exercised this right, on their electricity bills.
Form of reducing electricity costs through subventions for consumption below average (below 268 kWh per month for customers of JP EPBiH) is used to provide subsidies in accordance with this decision for household customers, who use pension up to the guaranteed amount, as well as users of guaranteed pension, which is paid by the Federal Pension Insurance in the current month in FBiH, with the exception of users of proportionate pensions from the RS up to this amount, and electricity customers who are entitled to permanent cash allowances, which have received decisions of the competent services - social work centers in FBiH.
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Changes of tariff rates
The current tariff rates which have been in force since June 1st 2011 abolished the seasonal differentiation of prices for all customers and there have been changes in daily differentiating of prices for all customers, except for customers from the household category. Changes in tariff rates were developed on the proposal of JP EPBIH and approved by the Regulatory Agency for Electricity in FBiH. Request for a change of time differentiation of prices was a result of analysis conducted in JP EPBiH, all with the aim to “iron out” system load curve, which would bring the need for new capacities to possible minimum.
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