Market Share of Electricity Distribution Companies in the South East Europe Energy Community

Topics: European Union, Romania, Bulgaria Pages: 3 (642 words) Published: January 10, 2007

Six energy companies – out of 13 of them, are controlling the share of 78% of the retail electricity market in the South East Europe Energy Community, the four of the companies being from European Union – the Czech CEZ, Italian Enel, German E.ON and Austrian EVN.

The following picture represents market share in the South East Europe, according to number of consumers.

In the earlier privatizations of electricity distribution companies in the South East Europe and Balkans regions, one of the indicators for successful privatization was the achieved price expressed per consumer – it amounted to 80 euros per consumer in Ukraine, 100-150 euros per consumer in Romania, 200 euros in Czech Republic, and 230 euros in Bulgaria.

According to the calculation, privatization of electricity distribution companies in SEE Energy Community – which have the total of 21.5 million consumers, will bring the countries in the region about 3.2 billion euros – if we calculate it according to an average value of 150 euros per consumer. In the last three years about 10.5 million consumers got new "owners", while the privatization agendas of the rest of electricity distribution companies are not known yet.

Eyes of the energy public will in 2007 be focused on Romania: privatization of the last three Romanian electricity distribution companies has been announced, and then it will be clear who has gained the leading position in electricity distribution in the Energy Community. The fight for the first place will occur among CEZ, Enel and E.ON, unless a completely new "player" wins the Romanian tender.

Besides, privatization of power complexes in Romania has been announced – thermal power plants Rovinari, Turceni and Krajova, which are believed to start a new wave of privatizations throughout the Balkans. Thermal power plants, which mostly use coal, include 56% of the overall installed...
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