Larger companies, using 35kV power cable line, will need to find alternative power suppliers following the energy market liberalization, which took effect on Jan 1, local media reported. The reason is that the Power Distribution Operator (OSHEE) will cut its electricity supply to these companies. OSHEE already announced that 10 companies have already submitted applications for signing contracts with alternative energy suppliers and six contracts have already been signed. Most of the companies are already paying higher electricity price of ALL 11.6 per KWh compared to ALL 9.5 per KWh until end-2107. The energy market liberalization is seen as necessary to open the way for larger reforms in Albania’s energy sector. First large companies and factories, as well as customers using the 20 kV power line will be affected by the liberalization. A total of 80 companies have received licenses from the energy regulator to sign contracts to supply businesses with electricity.