Thursday, June 1, 2023

Announced in the Official Gazette! Electricity and natural gas bill debts in 11 provinces where the earthquake took place were cleared

Due to the earthquakes that took place on February 6, the unpaid bill debts of electricity and/or natural gas subscribers whose houses and/or workplaces were destroyed, to be demolished urgently, or to become severely or moderately damaged in places considered as disaster areas within the scope of the State of Emergency declared by the Presidential Decree. principles and procedures have been determined.


According to the new decision regarding electricity and natural gas bills, all debts have been written off in 11 provinces that are considered disaster areas. The decision entered into force after being published in the Official Gazette.

The 11 provinces where the decision will be implemented are as follows: Kahramanmaraş, Hatay, Gaziantep, Osmaniye, Malatya, Adıyaman, Adana, Diyarbakır, Kilis and Şanlıurfa.

The decision published in the Official Gazette is as follows:

Due to the earthquakes that took place on 6/2/2023, electricity and/or electrical and/or electrical power and/or electrical and/or electrical power and/or electrical and/or electrical power and/or electrical and/or electrical equipment that will be destroyed in an emergency, damaged in an emergency or in places considered as disaster areas effective for the general life within the scope of the state of emergency declared with the Presidential Decision No. 6785 due to the earthquakes that occurred on 6/2/2023. or natural gas subscribers;

Consumption amounts accrued but not collected until 6/2/2023, consumption amounts to be accrued for the consumptions from the last reading date until 6/2/2023, and unpaid invoice amounts of these subscribers, if any, for the previous periods and their accessories, It covers the cancellation of the electricity consumption amounts remaining from the period before the privatization of the Distribution Corporation and transferred as the receivable of the Turkish Electricity Distribution Corporation during the privatization procedures.

This Communiqué does not cover electricity and natural gas consumptions that are consumed illegally. Subscribers with public legal personality and general lighting subscribers are out of the scope of this Communiqué.


Invoices before 6 February, but whose amount has been paid after 6 February, cannot be deleted and no claim can be made for these invoices. However, if such payments have been returned by the companies before the publication date of this Communiqué, the said invoices will be considered within the scope of cancellation. For invoices paid before the publication date of this Communiqué, no refund request can be made in order to benefit from its cancellation. In case of a request, these requests will not be processed.


If necessary, EMRA may carry out the necessary controls and audits before the relevant companies regarding whether the consumption amount and prices in the invoices requested by the companies to be canceled show the real situation and whether the documents or information provided to benefit from the applications within the scope of this Communiqué are given as false, incomplete or misleading.

If it is determined during the controls and audits that the companies are paid more than they should or unfairly, the amount paid in excess or unfairly, the actual amount to be paid, and the cause of the error are notified to the Ministry by EMRA.

The amount of the reported excess or unfair payment is included in the period between the date the payment is made and the date it is withdrawn, including the amount calculated by taking into account the default interest rate determined in accordance with Article 51 of the Law No. 6183 on the Collection of Public Claims dated 21/7/1953. taken back from companies within 30 days. If the repayment is not made within this period, the receivable is reported to the tax office where the relevant company is the taxpayer and the tax office is followed up and collected.


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