Minister of Energy and Natural Resources: You will have to pay somehow (video)

“You will have to pay somehow,” Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Yervand Zakharyan said on Thursday in reply to a group of citizens who were protesting against the planned 10 percent rate hike in electricity bills that will enter into effect on August 1.

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In July Armenia’s Public Service Regulatory Commission unanimously approved the electricity bill which will allow the Electrical Networks of Armenia, the distributing company, to charge 41.85 drams per 1 kWh of electricity during daylight hours (from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.), up from the current 38 drams, and 31.5 drams for night hours (from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m.), up from the current 28 drams. The Commission claimed that without the rate hike Armenia’s power generating and supplying companies would lose 1.5 billion drams.