Communities and housing cooperatives may face up to fourfold increases in electricity prices. It is about energy for the common parts of the property. The Ministry of Climate and Environment has launched an educational campaign on energy saving. Its aim is to shape the attitudes and habits of society regarding the rational management of heat and electricity in a household, office or school.
The Ombudsman, Marcin Wiącek, indicates that the complaints he receives suggest that electricity sellers propose to housing communities and housing cooperatives an increase in electricity prices by 300-400 percent. from next year.
Therefore, the Commissioner for Human Rights asked the Ministry of Climate and Environment to find out whether works aimed at ensuring the protection of users of residential premises against the increases in electricity announced by energy companies have been implemented. He also asked the Energy Regulatory Office whether the use by energy sellers of increased rates and charges for electricity for shared real estate in settlement with communities and cooperatives was justified.
Community and housing co-operatives indicate that their protection tariff is not applicable (as in the case of gas), which means that electricity sellers use tariffs for the settlement of energy delivered to common parts of real estate, which significantly deviate from the tariffs approved by the President of the Energy Regulatory Office ( URE) and used for individual customers (users of residential premises).
Communities and housing cooperatives add that they only act as an intermediary between the users of the premises and the electricity seller in terms of settling the costs of electricity consumption in common parts, and these costs are in fact entirely covered by the users of the residential premises.
In the opinion of the Ombudsman, it seems justified to postulate that possible compensations or protective tariffs should also cover housing communities and housing cooperatives.