Central heating prices will surge by around 30 percent on average across Lithuania, a member of the National Energy Regulatory Council (VERT) said on Wednesday.
"The price will be very similar to that in the 2018–2019 heating season [...] and it may fluctuate in individual months," Matas Taparauskas told the parliamentary Committee on Economics.
People living in renovated buildings will see their monthly heating bills rise by around 6 euros on average this year compared to last year, and those in old buildings with poor insulation will pay about 30 euros more, according to the VERT member.
"In the lowest quality buildings, which account for about 17 percent of the country's [housing stock], the increase in bills will be the highest, just as last year, at around 30 euros," he said.
Prices for biofuels, which make up 70 percent of the heat production on average, are now around 40 percent higher than last year, when they were at a record low, Taparauskas said.
Cities where central heating energy is mainly produced from natural gas will see the sharpest rise in bills.
In Vilnius, for example, natural gas accounts for more than 40 percent in heat production, compared to just 5 percent in Kaunas, where 95 percent of heat is produced from biofuels.