UTILITIES AND COSTS

ELECTRICITY
Albania has enormous potential for generating electricity through the utilization of water resources (hydro), wind, solar and biomass energy resources.

The public electricity production in 2011 was accomplished mainly by hydroelectric plants; 98.57% of total energy production was from HPP’s and only 1.42% from the TPP of Vlora. The total net production of electricity from generating public companies was 4,021,245 million kWh, while the production from private HPP’s was 136,831 million kWh.
From the comparison of electricity generation during the period 2007 – 2011 large fluctuations are observed from one year to another. Year 2011 isn’t indeed considered a good hydrological year, while 2010 is considered an extraordinary one with energy production amounting to  7,743.295 million kWh.

WATER
Increasing investments in water supply network and sewerage have further enhanced the status of this sector. Alone in 2010, this sector received about 10 billion ALL of investments, 6.5 billion ALL of which came from the state budget and the remainder from foreign funds. The government passed budget increase in this field to give boost to tourism projects and help areas that face difficulties insupplying water. As a consequence, the National Network the Water Supply was extended by 47 km.

The table below provides a breakdown of the costs of drinking water and contaminated water, to various categories in the major cities of Albania. The price of water and sanitation (ALL/m3) for the year 2011

Town Drinking water lek/m3 Contaminated water  ALL/m3
  Families Institutions Private Families Institutions Private
Sh.A. Tirane 45 120 135 11 30 35
Sh.A. Durres 58 110 120 15 20 20
Sh.a. U. Elbasan Fshat 36 110 110
Sh.A. Pogradec 55 110 110 18 25 25
Sh.A. Fier 44 80 100 10 12 14
Sh.A. Berat 28 80 100 10 10 12
Sh.A. Sarande 40 90 110 14 20 20
Sh.A. Gjirokaster 34 110 120 8 14 14
Sh.A. Erseke 32 60 80 6 6 8
Sh.A. Peshkopi 27 65 85
Sh.A. Shkoder 40 110 110 15 20 20
Sh.A.U. Vlore 30 60 80
SH.A.U.K. Lushnje 44 100 110 12 16 18

Note: Prices given above do not include VAT
Source:  Albanian Water Regulatory Authority (WRA) www.erru.al

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