ElCom is the new price regulator in the electricity sector, and to help it effectively perform its mandate it has been entrusted with comprehensive powers. It may prohibit unjustified electricity price increases or retroactively reduce excessively high tariffs. Decisions of this nature take the form of rulings.
For small-scale consumers who have the option of choosing their electricity supplier, ElCom supervises at present electricity tariffs in their entirety. On their invoices, electricity supply companies are required to separately indicate the costs for energy, use of the electricity network and any applicable fees and charges.
From 1 January 2009, large-scale consumers (i.e. those whose annual consumption exceeds 100 megawatt hours) can freely choose their electricity supplier. Once they have done so, ElCom no longer supervises the electricity tariff, since consumers in this category have the option of changing to another supplier if the prices charged by their present one are too high. However, ElCom will still monitor the remuneration for network use for all providers.
ElCom will take the necessary action on its own initiative (as regulatory authority) or in response to reports or complaints.
Anyone who suspects that a tariff is excessively high should report this to ElCom using the contact form.