On February 6, President Shavkat Mirziyoyev held a meeting on the measures to streamline a control system in the sphere of energy supply.
The meeting critically analyzed problems in the system of energy supply and payment for energy resources. January frosts clearly showed that management and control in this sphere had significantly weakened. Despite the reports of responsible organizations that the automated system for measuring power consumption is implemented by 92 % and the automated system for measuring natural gas consumption by 98 %, the debts on these types of resources are still high.
District electricity and gas departments issue permits to connect to the grid without proper calculations and analysis. For example, transformers in 120 mahallas (local neighborhood community areas) of Tashkent city were repaired 5-6 times a month, because they could not withstand the load.
The level of embezzlement in the sphere remains high. Only in December last year for more than 12 thousand cases of illegal use of electricity and gas revealed damage of 600 billion Uzbek soums. There is no systematic control of gas stations.
Taking this into account, the decision was made to introduce a new system to strengthen control and ensure the rule of law in energy sector. The task was set to transfer the energy oversight system to an emergency regime for a period of two years. The assignments were given to improve the activity of the Uzenergoinspectorate and the Compulsory Enforcement Bureau, to introduce new approaches to the regulation of connection to the electricity and natural gas networks.
The problems of energy infrastructure were also discussed at the meeting. In particular, the task was set to launch a digital map of Tashkent city with specific display of location of land plots put up for bidding, capacities of energy, utilities and social infrastructure.
Following the meeting, the responsible officials presented information about the implementation of the new system.