[Epoch Times October 27, 2021](Epoch Times reporter Zhang Yujie comprehensive report) Recently, people in Jilin Province of the mainland disclosed that the local heating fee has risen sharply, and residents have been notified to pay for it, otherwise heating will not be provided because of the increase in coal prices. Leading to an increase in heating bills. Over the past few months, the price of coal on the mainland has remained high, and the price of thermal coal used for heating is still more than 1,000 yuan per ton. Judging from the information disclosed by the public, the burden of price increases is being borne by the people.
On October 25, a property company in Changchun City, Jilin Province issued a notice saying: “Due to the increase in coal prices, the heating fee charged by Kexinju’s property is difficult to maintain according to the previous standard. After communicating with relevant departments, the fee standard has been increased to residential heating. Building 45 yuan (RMB, the same below) / square meter, commercial network 50 yuan / square meter, garage 48 yuan / square meter.”
The notice said: “The owners who have paid the fee must make up the heating fee difference before November 10, and the owner’s heating company who fails to make up the heating fee difference on time will not open the plug for heating. Residents who have opened the valve will not pay the heating fee. The pass.”
A resident of this community told “Jimu News” under the “Hubei Daily” on the 27th that when he paid the heating fee for residential buildings in September, it was 27 yuan per square meter. Now it has risen to 45 yuan, which is equivalent to an increase per square meter. Two-thirds of the house of 100 square meters needs to pay 1,800 yuan.
Mr. Li questioned whether the increase in heating fees should be based on the opinions of residents, instead of companies posting a notice to force residents to pay the fees.
According to the owner of a shop in the community, he paid 34 yuan per square meter for commercial heating in September. If the current notice is 50 yuan, his shop needs to pay 2,000 yuan for heating.
The boss said that when the price of coal fell, the heating fee was not reduced or refunded. Now that the price of coal is rising, the heating fee is increased, which feels a bit unreasonable.
According to local residents, this property company is responsible for more than one community. At present, the official has not clearly responded to the progress of this matter.
This matter aroused the attention of the mainland people. Weibo netizens “lazy coyotes” said: “If everything goes up, wages will not rise”; netizens “Brother Diligence” said: “The winter temperature in Northeast China is minus 30 or 40 degrees Celsius, and people will freeze to death without heating. This What’s the difference from Putian hospitals on the operating table and then forced to ask for money?? No wonder young people rush to flee the Northeast.”
The above situation is not the first case. On October 24th, a community in Yushu City under the jurisdiction of Changchun City issued a notice to pay the heating fee. The price after the price increase was “36 yuan/square meter for residential heating; 42 yuan/square meter for heating for shops and garages” , The reason for the price increase is “the price of coal for heating has risen sharply.”
The notice also said: “Users who have paid the heating fee in advance this year (including: residential houses, shops, garages) will pay 9 yuan per square meter within the deadline of this notice (November 10). In case of payment, in addition to charging the full amount, a late payment fee of 1% of the total amount payable and 600 yuan per household opening fee will be charged every day.”
In the mainland, coal prices have continued to soar due to supply shortages for months.
“China Youth Daily” quoted data on October 27 that since late August this year, the price of thermal coal futures (used for power generation and heating) has risen from less than 800 yuan/ton to 1,900 yuan/ton, and some places use coal for heating. The price has risen from the previous 800 yuan/ton to more than 2,000 yuan/ton.
A coal shortage broke out in the mainland from late December 2020, causing more than a dozen provinces to “turn off power cuts.” At the beginning of the same month, the CCP completely banned the import of Australian coal due to Australia’s call for the international community to independently investigate the origin of the CCP virus (Wuhan pneumonia).
The mainland has been the world’s largest coal importer for many years, and 60% of Australia’s coal exports to the mainland are thermal coal. After the CCP announced a ban on the import of Australian coal, it turned to increase the import of thermal coal from Indonesia and Russia, but it triggered a sharp rise in coal prices.
Reuters quoted data showing that compared with the same grade of coal in Australia, the price of Russian coal is twice as high.The October Thermal Coal Reference Price (HBA) issued by the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources of Indonesia was US$161.63/ton, a record high; China Coal Resources Net learned from traders that in early OctoberIndonesia’s offshore offer of 3,800 kcal Panamax thermal coal is US$125/ton to US$130/ton, an increase of US$5 to US$10 per ton at the end of September.
“China Youth Daily” reported on the 27th that a Shanxi citizen said that this year, because of rising coal prices and tight coal supply, her home could only use electric heaters for heating temporarily. Residents in Gansu, Inner Mongolia and other places reported on online platforms that this year Coal prices for heating in winter have risen, with coal prices reaching up to two to three times the price of the same period last year in some places.
The Development and Reform Commission of the Communist Party of China has issued a series of documents to control coal prices since October 19th. Although the price of thermal coal futures fell for several consecutive days as a result, and even closed down on the 27th (closing at 1144.6 yuan/ton), setting a low of nearly a month, the price was still hundreds of yuan higher than before.
Several coal companies in mainland China recently announced the setting of a coal price cap, but in terms of prices, it has almost doubled. For example, the upper limit set by the China National Energy Group Coal Management Company, China Coal Group, and Yitai Group is: the closing price of thermal coal with a calorific value of 5,500 kcal is below 1,800 yuan/ton; the closing price of 5,000 kcal thermal coal Below 1,500 yuan/ton; the closing price of 4,500 kcal thermal coal is below 1,200 yuan/ton; the price of high-calorie thermal coal other than the above coal types does not exceed 2,000 yuan/ton.
This year, due to coal shortages and price hikes, about 20 provinces have once “restricted electricity.” Subsequently, before the heating season, the CCP expanded the range of electricity price fluctuations from October 15 The market transaction price of energy-consuming enterprises is not subject to a 20% increase.
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