The Organization of Consumers and Users (OCU) has denounced the lack of “basic” information reflected in the new regulated invoices or with the PVPC electricity tariff. Thus, the consumer association has criticized in a statement that the new invoice model
does not include any breakdown of the cost of energy production. Given the numerous complaints received from its partners, the OCU demands that the invoice model be rectified to include this essential data for consumers.
Consumers who have the PVPC rate must receive from their reference marketers an invoice that follows a model structure established by the Ministry of Ecological Transition and that is mandatory for all electricity companies. However, in the last change that was made to
launch the new electricity tariff and that was published in the BOE on April 30, 2021, “A major deficiency has crept in”, according to the statement of the consumer association.
The fault is that this new invoice prevents knowing the price of the kWh consumed in each of the three time slots (tip, plain and valley), since any type of breakdown is omitted. In the receipts, in the section “Term of energy consumed” only the total cost paid for the concept “Cost of Energy” is shown.
It must be remembered that the previous invoice model provided for each time period both
the amount of the kWh for tolls and charges such as the amount of energy. By adding these two concepts, it was possible to calculate the price of the kWh in each band. Now, to obtain the price in each hourly section, the amount of the tolls set by Competition must be added plus the charges set by the Ministry plus the cost of energy or the price paid to energy producers.
The stumbling block is that with the current invoice model it is impossible to perform this calculation and, At most, it will only be possible to obtain the average price of each kWh, but without differentiating time bands. To achieve this result, the total amount charged in the “Cost of Energy” concept must be divided by the total number of kWh consumed and with that the global average price of the energy term will be obtained.
The OCU criticizes that the omission of data makes it very difficult to compare the PVPC rate with other rates in the free market, since most of them are advertised with prices per kWh broken down by tranches. “In the same way, it is not possible to check whether efforts to optimize the hours in which consumption translate into a lower unit cost,” they indicate from the association.