The CEO of Endesa, José Bogas, considers that the new government that arrives in Moncloa should redesign the electric rate, since it is among "the highest in Europe", as noted in his speech at the 2019 meeting, which was held this Friday in Madrid.
The executive explained that almost half of its amount corresponds to "extra costs of energy policy and taxes that have nothing to do with the strict cost of electricity supply." In his opinion, the design of the tariff does not favor consumption in the hours of the day "in which the Energy it's much cheaper and the power grids are idle. "
Ask to eliminate other people's costs included in the invoice
Bogas pointed out that "a cheaper and smarter tariff, which frees up power control at times of low demand, would allow electricity to compete with other energy vectors that emit CO2, such as gas and oil, would improve the conditions in which certain seasonal customers must consume electricity, as is the case of irrigators; it would promote electric residential heating and adequately value the management of demand and the use of batteries for the storage of energy ".
In this context, he has requested that external costs collected in the electricity bill be eliminated from the electricity bill. In addition, they ask that the cost of premiums for renewables and cogeneration be shared out among all energy consumers, which are currently only supported by electric consumers.
Free light for employees generates a clash with the staff
The meeting was held under pressure from the unions, since the company has been negotiating for almost a year and a half. One of the most controversial points is that Endesa wants to reduce the consumption of free electricity to former employees and they refuse to reduce "social benefits". At present, the power company has 9,000 employees and 27,000 retirees and early retirees who have the employee rate. The company argues that these former employees consume an average of 9,000 kilowatt hours per year, when an average family consumes between 3,500 and 5,000 kilowatt hours. The company had proposed lowering to 3,500 kilowatt hours and then giving them a bonus.
The case reached the National Court and gave the reason to the company. Now, the parties have given themselves six months to negotiate a new agreement, but the date ends on June 30. If agreements are not reached, these passive employees would be out of the agreement. The employees defend that it is "payment in kind and therefore the light is not free" for them.
It is the last meeting under the chairmanship of Borja Prado, since after the same one a council has been celebrated and it has been appointed to Juan Sánchez Calero as a substitute, who will exercise a non-executive presidency in the Anglo-Saxon style.