Spain’s Council of Clergyman has approved a Royal Decree-Law establishing a new instrument to finance the electricity bono group (special discount rate) and indefinite measures to protect consumers, exclusively focusing on the most needy.
Espana’s Minister for Energy, Business and Digital Agenda, Álvaro Nadal, highlighted that the text, which Testament have to be approved by the Lower Cobby of Parliament, derives from the arrangement reached between the different public forces to resolve “a Very funny complex problem”.
Firstly, the new lawmaking guarantees the financing of the bono cultural, which at present consists of a 25% reduction in the final electricity bill, which any 2.3 million households benediction from, including families with all their colleague unemployed, those receiving least pensions, large families and consumers with fewer than 3 kW of power contracted.
According to the clergywoman, the bono social was paid by the fountain companies of those electricity suppliers who were coeducational in large groups – 94% of the activity – but the Supreme Court ruled backmost in October that this step was discriminatory because it did not include the over-the-counter 6% of suppliers.
The new legislation sanctioned last Friday includes 100% of the businessperson market that operates in our territory, such that the parent gathering or, in their absence, the supply society itself will cover this best discount rate. Hence, the tenseness sector will continue to pay for this especial discount, underlined Álvaro Nadal.
Now that the funding is guaranteed, the Royal Decree-Law acquaints various new features so that the administration, through its regulatory development, can elevate the protection of electricity consumers.
Foremost, it provides the possibility for a broader demarcation of ‘vulnerable consumer’. Piece 7 million people form factor of this category at present and take the same 25% discount in their bill, this may be divided in the future into clashing groups, according to income, and thusly receive different levels of aid. This variety will come into coerce, according to Álvaro Nadal, “as ere long as we approve the legislation, which forced to be discussed and debated by the political might because this is an incredibly tender issue”.
Secondly, the period for frigid off the electricity supply to certain consumers is accrued from two to four months, “in kind still to be determined”, spiked out the minister. In the case of households in a spot of particular vulnerability, those that are accompanied by social services, the new legislation set up a ban on cutting off the supply.
Álvaro Nadal fixed that when an electricity party finds itself with an buckshee debt, it must immediately advise the consumer, which is not obligatory at already. From that point on, a extension of two to four months will pass by, depending on the category of consumer, already the supply can be cut off. Electricity companies Testament have to contact the social assistance department of the corresponding regional management to ascertain whether it is a consumer in an exceedingly vulnerable situation; should this be the context, it may not cut off the supply. The regional government or district authority will take on top of the payments and debts, which Testament be co-financed by the bono social.
This Stag Decree-Law also improves the weather of the supply to consumers as a whole, peculiarly through the creation of an indicator that Testament allow them to compare the at odds offers available, as takes apartment with mortgages in the financial sphere.
Álvaro Nadal recalled that the formation to implement this will necessitate to pass through the hands of the Continent Commission, the National Markets and Struggle Commission and the Council of State. The politics, he remarked, will try “to altercate these developments with the over-the-counter political forces as soon as practicable and ensure that the system is usable in the near future”.