Lithuanians protest about rising bills

1 March 2010

Between 3000 and 5000 Lithuanians gathered in Visaginas on Saturday to protest about heating bills, which have soared since the closure of Ignalina at the end of 2009.

The state price control commission has said that heating costs went up four-fold in Visaginas after the closure of Ignalina, but blamed ineffective central heating systems for people's surging bills, according to Reuters reports.

Ignalina's shutdown has also resulted in regulated electricity prices going up by one-third for households across the country, Reuters reported.

Following the closure of the Chernobyl-type reactor, which supplied over 70% of the country’s electricity, Lithuania has turned to fossil fuel plants for electricity and heat production. The main plants in the country are the Lietuvos Elektrine power plant, heat power plants of Kaunas, Vilnius, Panevežys, Kruonis PSP and Kruonis HPP and Mažeikiai power plant.

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