9 Oct 2009 14:10

Tariffs for 2010 won

MOSCOW. Oct 9 (Interfax) - The electricity tariffs for 2010 will not include the cost of restoring the Sayano-Shushenskaya Hydroelectric Station, which was knocked out of service in a deadly accident last August, the head of the Federal Tariffs Service (FTS), Sergei Novikov, said in the State Duma on Friday.

"The costs of restoring the station are not included in the tariffs," Novikov said in response to a question from deputies.

"Everything that we are including [in the tariffs] for next year is connected with other investment programs," he said. All of the tariff decisions for the FGC [Federal Grid Company] and MRSK are associated with "more rigorous, perhaps the most rigorous programs to raise the reliability [of electricity supplies]," he said.

Despite the fairly severe limits on the pace of increases in 2010, the tariffs will nonetheless enable power companies at all levels to carry out their maintenance and investment programs and ensure the reliability of supplies, he said.