Over 42 percent of Romanians have trouble paying their monthly utility bill, data released by the Regulatory Authority for Energy (ANRE) vice-president on Thursday shows.
“A consumption of 100 kWh per month per household represents a consumption which clearly shows the socio-economic development currently found in rural areas. Let’s not forget the number we all have in public consciousness: over 42 percent of Romanian population enters the so-called “energetic poverty” category, therefore population with trouble in paying the monthly utility bill,” ANRE vice-president Calota said.
According to Calota, in terms of final energy consumption, Romania now has an atypical structure, due to the fact that three years ago, the sector that consumes most energy in all forms, such as electricity, gas, heat, petroleum and derivatives, is not the industrial sector but the residential sector. In other words, the Romanian population, with the socio-economic structure we know, 49 percent in the rural areas and 51 percent in urban areas, is the main energy consumer in Romania,” Calota said.
Romania has plenty of gas and biomass, which we use inefficiently. “In Romania we use a lot of gas, methane gas and biomass are the two resources Romania has plenty of, but which it uses in an inefficient way. Gas consumption is still too big, and consumption of biomass, of wood, especially in rural areas, an irregular type of consumption, is an inefficient one, uneconomic,” Calota stressed.
The ANRE official also said that currently Romania has the lowest consumption level of primary energy among EU member states. The number we record at the level of the average consumption per household per month in the rural areas clearly shows a reality w must accept and, through politics, through programs, must correct it,” Calota explained.