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Journal section "Sectoral economic studies"

Financial Situation in Regional Energy Supply

Chaika L.V.

3 (45), 2016

Chaika L.V. Financial Situation in Regional Energy Supply. Economic and Social Changes: Facts, Trends, Forecast, 2016, no. 3 (45), pp. 98-107. DOI: 10.15838/esc.2016.3.45.5

DOI: 10.15838/esc.2016.3.45.5

Abstract   |   Authors   |   References
It is important to monitor the financial condition of energy supply organizations in regional management and development of energy infrastructure. This condition depends on economic factors, tariff regulation and budget subsidies. The article presents indicators of aggregated financial statistics on energy supply in the regions of Russia’s European North. For the purpose of comparative analysis, the author formed a comprehensive indicator of financial stability and evaluated trends in the dynamics of past due debt and profitability. The analysis shows the following sectoral and regional characteristics: the financial situation in the electric power sector is relatively stable, but it is unsatisfactory in heat supply; the increase in negative trends, such as the decrease in repayment ability, low and negative profitability, and the accumulation of considerable arrears. Financial instability becomes a system-wide characteristic of heat supply. It is necessary to introduce a multi-step process of financial recovery of the industry as a whole. In the first place, external factors such as poor repayment discipline, inefficient tariff regulation and insufficient provision of budget subsidies for tariff misbalances must be resolved; otherwise, they will further aggravate financial instability. Strategically, a stable financial situation in energy supply can be achieved only through technological modernization. Specific features of heat supply in northern regions make it impossible to rely only on tariff sources of investment; large-scale renovation requires governmental financial support and the creation of conditions for attracting private investment

Keywords

stability, financial results, energy supply, financial situation, regional energy policy, regions of the european north of russia, coefficients

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