Consumers in Estonia switched electricity suppliers at 21,600 points of consumption last year, down from 25,800 in 2016, transmission system operator Elering said, citing data from its Smart Grid data sharing platform.
On average, some 1,800 points of consumption changed their seller per month in 2017, compared with over 2,200 points of consumption in 2016.
Most often, consumers switch suppliers at the beginning of the year. As of Jan. 1 this year, the supplier changed at 6,400 points of consumption, compared with 9,400 at the beginning of 2017.
As of the beginning of 2018, 580,800 points of consumption had a valid contract for buying electricity. Points of consumption across Estonia number 723,300, 3,400 more than at the beginning of 2017, after the number of points of consumption increased by 4,400 in 2016.
Points of consumption without a contract for the purchase of electricity, which receive their electricity as a general service, number 142,500.
The Smart Grid platform began gathering data about natural gas supply agreements at the beginning of 2017. According to the data, an average of 180 points of consumption switch gas suppliers every month, and 54,300 points of consumption have a valid agreement for the purchase of gas, compared with 53,600 a year ago. The number of points of consumption buying natural gas as a general service is about 1,000.
Editor: Aili Vahtla