Same as in 2022: the government announces another modality to increase electricity, but does not roll back the rates – Jujuy

Same as in 2022: the government announces another modality to increase electricity, but does not roll back the rates – Jujuy
Same as in 2022: the government announces another modality to increase electricity, but does not roll back the rates – Jujuy

05/10/2024. While the Secretary of Energy detailed that the Added Value of Distribution will be updated in relation to the parity until August, in parallel he promotes that the bills with increases be paid in installments

In the midst of the widespread rejection of the high electricity rate, this Thursday, the provincial Executive confirmed that it will modify one of the points that make up the billing value which will be updated according to the parity increases, a measure that not only has an expiration date in a couple of months, but also hides another issue: the request to roll back the rates is not taken into account, as presented by consumer organizations to the court in an amparo.

It was the same Secretary of Energy, Mario Pizarro, who detailed how the change will be made regarding the update of the VAD -Value Added Distribution-, which the province has in place. Until now, this value was governed by taking inflation measured by the INDEC as a reference and the amount was set on a quarterly basis. This modality is modified through Executive Decree Agreement No. 575, where it ordered the SUSEPU (responsible for granting the increase to EJESA without complying with a public hearing), so until August 31 this VAD will be readjusted according to the salary increases for state agents in the province that they obtain in joint ventures.

“Our government, which always had social sensitivity and worked for a Democracy with social content, issued a decree yesterday re-establishing that the rates in Jujuy, in the VAD, will not follow inflation, but will be updated according to what provincial public employees are paid,” said Pizarro, defending the decision.

Likewise, the Executive also ordered that SUSEPU – who must control the companies – inform the concessionaire of the electrical service to refrain from making supply cuts for a period of 90 days, counting from May 1, as well as that EJESA allows the payment of tickets in installments “for users who comply with objective vulnerability criteria that must be established by SUSEPU.”

Translated, the government of Carlos Sadir once again copies the maneuver that Gerardo Morales made in 2022, when a similar situation occurred in Jujuy with unjustified increases by EJESA and that unleashed massive demonstrations in the province. At that time, the governor gave a press conference where he stated “for people who have paid, EJESA has to issue a credit note and for people who have not paid, in all cases that exceed 48%, they have to re-invoice.” . The measure also stipulated that the consumption of the previous period would be maintained, so the rate would only have an impact of 14% of the increase authorized by the province, plus another 34% provided by the national Executive. Adding both percentages, the increase represented 48%, far from the 300% that SUSEPU had authorized through Resolution 182.

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