YEREVAN (ARKA)—Armenia’s Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Yervand Zakharyan has reported to Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan on preparations for the audit of the Electric Networks of Armenia (ENA), the press office of the Armenian government has said in a press release.
At the meeting chaired by Abrahamyan, issues related to the request for proposals sent to international consulting companies were discussed. Grounds for the new electricity tariff approved by the Public Service Regulatory Commission (PSRC) and ways to improve the country’s energy system were also discussed.
Head of the PSRC, Robert Nazaryan, shared proposals received from international consulting companies and said that they were finalized and would be submitted to government staff soon.
On June 17, the PSCR voted to raise electricity tariffs by 6.93 drams ($0.015 or 16.7%) per kilowatt-hour beginning on August 1. The decision gave rise to protests in Yerevan and other cities in Armenia.
The “No To Plunder” civil campaign which organized the protests blocked Marshal Baghramyan Avenue in central Yerevan with a two-week sit-in, demanding that the government reverse the price hike. Baghramyan Avenue was unblocked by the police early morning July 6.
On June 27, following his meeting with Russian Minister of Transport Maksim Sokolov (co-head of the Russia-Armenia Intergovernmental Commission), President Serzh Sarkissian announced the upcoming audit of the ENA. Sarkissian also said that the government would pay the tariff increase pending the completion of the audit.