A new draft law to regulate and control Turkey's electricity loss is still waiting plenary session in the general assembly and the ministry will do whatever is necessary to solve the problem , Turkish energy minister said on Sunday.
'Our persistence to regulate losses in electricity consumption will remain until we solve the problem completely,' Taner Yildiz, Energy and Natural Resources Minister said at a press conference in Tokat, a province in northern Turkey.
'The intensity of the distribution losses in electricity consumption differs from one region to another in Turkey. The regions of eastern and southeastern Anatolia have more intensive loss, compared to the western provinces. We expect the new draft for the regulation of losses becomes a law in the near future,' he said.
He reminded that apart from eastern and southeastern regions of Turkey, the rate of loss is lower than EU avarage which is 9,4 percent per year, after 12 years of fighting against electricity losses.
'We have to protect citizens who pay their bills regularly,' he said and added that the electricity price list in Turkey is the same in every province.
Commenting on refunding electricity loss charges, Yildiz said that Turkey's Court of Appeal ruled that charges of electricity bills for losses can be compensated through a legal process if consumers sue.
The deceision paved the way for consumers to sue their electricity distribution companies.
By Gulsen Cagatay