Court deciding on disputed wholesale-price clause payments

An Athens Court of First Instance is expected to deliver a decision today on a request made by two consumer protection groups, Ekpoizo and Inka, for a temporary suspension of electricity supply cut orders in the case of consumers refusing to pay increased energy costs resulting from a wholesale-price clause included in power utility PPC’s electricity bills.

The consumer groups have asked for a suspension of electricity supply cuts until July 6, when a new hearing over the dispute is scheduled to take place.

If the Court of First Instance approves the request made by the two consumer protection groups, then the plaintiffs, who took collective legal action through the consumer groups, will not need to pay additional amounts triggered by the clause.

If the court rules in favor of PPC, consumers refusing to cover the additional amount resulting from the wholesale-price clause will be responsible for paying an accumulated amount plus interest.