June 18, 2024

Enel cancels surcharges on electricity bills in December for low-income families | Economie

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Enel cancels surcharges on electricity bills in December for low-income families |  Economie

With this, the electricity bill for the social tariff will not have any additional charges. According to the statement from the agency, the green flag “indicates favorable conditions for power generation”.

in a In November, Anil launched the yellow flag For the social tariff, with an additional RRL 1.87 on the electricity bill for every 100 kWh consumed per month.

Even October, the red flag was thrown Low-income families had to pay an additional R$9.49 per 100 kWh.

In light of the verified rains in October and expected in November, which raise the level of hydroelectric reservoirs, Aneel has decided to lower the flag to yellow from November.

The onset of the rainy season improves the water level in the reservoirs

The onset of the rainy season improves the water level in the reservoirs

The red flag is the most expensive to apply to consumers of the social tariff because low-income families are exempt from paying the water scarcity flag.

For other consumers, the water scarcity sign is the most expensive in the system, with an additional R$14.20 for every 100 kWh consumed per month.

A tariff system is a fee that is applied to electricity bills when the cost of producing energy increases. This is what happened this year because of the energy crisis.

The country operated (more expensive and polluting) thermoelectric plants and imported energy from Argentina and Uruguay to ensure electricity was available to consumers.

Anil also reported that low-income families continue to get discounted rates ranging from 10% to 65% depending on consumption range.

The discount is given on the first 220 kWh consumed per month by resident customers. The exception is the indigenous families and Quilombola families registered in Cadastro Único, who have a 100% discount up to the 50 kWh/month consumption limit.

In early September, President Jair Bolsonaro signed a law to automatically register low-income families as beneficiaries of the social tariff.

The intent is to facilitate enrollment in the program by sharing information from Cadastro Único by the Executive. Before the law, interested parties had to apply for registration over the phone or go to the distributor to apply for the benefit.

According to Anil, the number of beneficiaries of the social tariff could double in 2022, reaching nearly 24 million.

Currently, 12.3 million households benefit from the social tariff, a program that costs about R$ 3.6 billion annually. This amount is paid by all electricity consumers by collecting their electricity bills.

Another 11.5 million households meet the criteria to participate in the social tariff and may be included in the program from next year, when energy distributors must implement automatic enrollment of beneficiaries.

The automatic registration is effective January 11, 2022 and will be carried out by the energy distributors themselves, based on data from CadÚnico and BPC.

They are entitled to the social tariff:

  • families registered in the Federal Government’s Single Registry, with per capita income less than or equal to half of the minimum wage;
  • Seniors aged 65 or over and persons with disabilities who are recipients of the Continuing Cash Grant (BPC);
  • Families registered in Cadastro Único with a monthly income of up to three minimum wages with a member who, due to illness or disability, constantly uses electricity-consuming medical devices.

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