Electricity suppliers are pressuring authorities for measures protecting them against energy-bill debt left behind by consumers switching to other suppliers.
Two industry associations, ESAI/HAIPP, the Hellenic Association of Independent Power Producers, and ESPEN, the Greek Energy Suppliers Association, are believed to have forwarded proposals to the energy ministry for measures protecting electricity suppliers against consumers on the run.
The energy ministry launched a related consultation procedure approximately one month ago.
According to sources, electricity suppliers want the energy ministry to establish a law permitting them to cut power supply to customers who have switched to other suppliers for up to 90 days following their respective moves, if they still owe amounts to previous suppliers.
This rule would require consumers who have switched suppliers, leaving behind outstanding electricity bill amounts, to settle arrears within a 90-day period, either through full payments or installments, or have their electricity supply cut.
Electricity suppliers have been under increased pressure as a result of a growing amount of unpaid electricity bills during the energy crisis as well as the absence of rules countering consumers who rove from one supplier to another as a means of avoiding electricity-bill payments.