FACUA-Consumidores en Acción has carried out a study on the evolution of regulated tariffs for natural gas, which shows that the current since October are more expensive in history. The so-called Last Resort Rates (TUR) exceed this month lthe historical maximums reached in September 2012 and January 2013.
The association is calling on the Ministry for Ecological Transition to introduce changes in the methodology for setting regulated natural gas tariffs so that it does not limit itself to transferring the evolutions upwards or downwards of costs. A) Yes, demands that the economic conjuncture be taken into account and the serious situation that many Spanish families are going through, in such a way that the profit margins of the sector are cut to avoid tariffs like this one in October.
FACUA considers disproportionate that in just one year, the increase in natural gas in homes reaches 15.5%, no less than seven times the CPI.
The evolution of tariffs
Facua points out that in the commercialization of natural gas there are two regulated tariffs: TUR 1, intended for users that do not exceed 5,000 kWh of consumption per year, and TUR 2, for those that exceed that amount, which are usually households with water hot, kitchen and heating with natural gas.
A user of TUR 1 with a consumption of 400 kWh per month will pay with the new rates 34.80 euros, 7.6% more than with those that were in force since last July. For its part, a consumer with TUR 2 and a consumption of 800 kWh will pay 62.81 euros from now on, 8.6% more than with the previous tariff.
The October-October year-on-year increase in regulated natural gas tariffs represents 13.7% and 15.5% for both user profiles. In October 2017, a user with TUR 1 and a consumption of 400 kWh paid 30.62 euros per month, while one with TUR 2 and a consumption of 800 kWh paid 54.38 euros.
At the historical level, after the effective rates from this October 1, the highest were those of January 2013 (34.17 euros for consumption of 400 kWh and 61.73 euros for the 800 kWh) and September 2012 (33.96 euros and 61.83 euros, respectively).
VAT increases and introduction of a new tax
FACUA points out that the increases approved in the fixed term of the receipt and the tariff for consumption have been aggravated in recent years with the VAT increases in July 2010 (from 16 to 18%) and in September 2012 (from 18 to 21%) and with the introduction of the Special Hydrocarbons Tax in January 2013, which increased the price of kWh.