Power utility PPC has increased its rate of payments for debt to operators, reducing the total amount owed from 900 million euros in July, 2019 to approximately 650 million euros at the end of last July, energypress sources have informed.
This debt, owed to power grid operator IPTO, distribution network operator DEDDIE/HEDNO and RES market operator DAPEEP, has fallen at an average of between 22 to 24 million euros per month.
PPC aims to reduce its debt to these operators by a further 100 million euros by the end of the year, which would reduce the figure to 550 million euros.
If the current payment rate is maintained, PPC’s debt to operators may drop to a level of between 260 and 270 million euros by the end of 2021.
The power utility’s improved operator-related debt performance, a turnaround compared to a year earlier, when company officials had warned better days along this front were a long way off, has, by extension, helped DAPEEP improve its payment record to RES producers for their output.
PPC’s annual deficit was at a level of approximately 900 million euros last year.
Cost-reduction initiatives and a suppression of energy commodity prices during the pandemic have helped PPC stabilize its finances.
The utility’s outlays for liquid fuels, natural gas, CO2 rights and electricity purchases fell by 33.7 percent, or 561.3 million euros, in the first half this year compared to the equivalent period a year earlier.