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Spain increases cost of Electricity by a further 3% in January

Source: El Pais - Sat 22th Dec 2012
Spain increases cost of Electricity by a further 3% in January

The cost of electricity in Spain is set to increase by 3% as from Jan 1st after power companies, which took part in a bidding procedure under the so-called TUR (Rate of Last Resort) system, offered higher rates for megawatts of power on Friday.

At the same time, consumers who have contracted between three and 10 kilowatts of usage with utility companies, apart from those on a government hardship plan, and who use more than 10% of their average consumption could also see extra charges on their bills of between 1 - 8%.

Power rates to more than 17 million households and small businesses are based on the government's TUR (Rate of Last Resort) system. Rates are charged under a different scheme for large companies, industries and some other sectors.

Friday's bidding closed with the companies offering an average price of €54.18 per megawatt hour.

In July 2009 the previous Socialist government introduced the TUR system to help keep power rates down by freezing prices. But the Supreme Court in 2011 found in favor of the private electricity companies, who filed suit against the government.

Throughout the year, rates under TUR have gone up 4% in April and 7% in July. In October they dropped 2.4% but consumers didn't notice a change given that valued added tax (VAT) was increased from 18 to 21% the previous month.

Comment on this Story

I feel sorry for my local bar. I am well used to seeing half a dozen or so people making a coffee last an hous whilst using the Free Wifi, but for them to charge their laptop and mobile phone up for free at the same time is taking the piss ! - A sign of things to come ?
Robster - Wed, 2nd Jan 2013
Exactly the same things is going to happen here that happened to the Tolls roads : Prices go up, so people avoid any unnecessary charges : Useage falls, and so the Gov't complain about falling revenues and increase the costs further still. Why can't the Gov't see this and break this vicious circle ?
Robster - Thu, 27th Dec 2012

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