Vilnius to take energy co to court over EUR 190,000 overpayment for heating
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Administration of Lithuania's capital Vilnius intends to take Vilniaus Energija, heating supplier to the city, to demand that it pays back some of the money, 190,000 euros, for heating when it bought biofuel at a price far above the market price.
A Vilnius court has ordered a freeze on almost 20 million euros worth of funds of Vilniaus Energija (Vilnius Energy), a local district heating supplier controlled by France's Veolia, a move that the company describes as "an assault" against it and plans to contest.
Lithuania's energy market regulator has cut the tariffs of Vilniaus Energija (Vilnius Energy), a company owned by France's Veolia, for district heating in an effort to return 24.3 million euros to Vilnius' residents who were overcharged by the supplier.
The French government is closely watching the dispute concerning Veolia’s investment in Vilnius and hopes it can be resolved amicably, Harlem Desir, French Minister of State for European Affairs, has said while on a visit to Lithuania.
Vilniaus Energija (Vilnius Energy), Lithuania's biggest district heating supplier controlled by France's Veolia, has asked the Stockholm arbitration to appoint an independent asset valuer in protest of the valuers selected by the municipal company Vilniaus Šilumos Tinklai (Vilnius Heating Grid, VST ).