Electricity and gas: which users have until the end of the month to register and not lose their subsidy?

Electricity and gas: which users have until the end of the month to register and not lose their subsidy?
Electricity and gas: which users have until the end of the month to register and not lose their subsidy?

In the second half of the year, there are higher bills and a higher seasonal energy consumption due to winter. (Illustrative Image Infobae)

Nearly 2 million residential users of the public electricity and gas services con social tariff They have until the end of the month to re-register for the Registry of Access to Energy Subsidies (RASE) If they want to keep the subsidies on their bills and not pay more for the energy.

The Government’s intention is to carry out a thorough cross-check of available data to “clean up” the RASE. After moving forward since June with the removal of subsidies, particularly for middle and low-income sectors, they are now seeking a more fine-tuned approach to access to the benefit.

The Resolution 90/2024 of the Secretary of Energypublished on Wednesday, June 5 in the Official bulletinestablishes that around 1,700,000, according to official estimates, who have been automatically incorporated into the RASE as low-income households since 2022, must enter the RASE individually within a period of 60 calendar days from said measure. That is, they will be able to do so until the first days of August.

Gas bills will be higher due to the impact of increased winter consumption and the removal of subsidies. (Illustrative Image Infobae)

“After this period, the additions provided for by the aforementioned regulations will be void and the benefit will expire for users who have not completed the individual submission,” states the regulation signed by the Secretary of Energy, Eduardo Rodriguez Chirillo.

The resolution clarifies that those who had already registered will not have to fill out the form again. In any case, the Energy Department hopes that users will do so again on their own initiative to update their information.

The bills of luz and of gas The subsidies will be higher in the coming months due to the increases applied by the Government and greater consumption during the winter. Households that want to apply for the subsidies to avoid a greater impact on their bills must complete the form in the RASE through the official website of the National Energy Secretariat and meet the inclusion criteria.

On the other hand, those who want to confirm whether they already receive any type of benefit in their energy rates can consult the websites of the National Gas Regulatory Authority (Enargas) and of the National Electricity Regulatory Authority (Enre)There you will select the distributor that provides the service (Edesur, Edenor, Camuzzi, Metrogas, among others) and you will have to enter the customer, user, account, service or supply number, depending on the invoice model. The next step is to click on “consult”.

As for the RACEthe residential user in charge must complete a sworn statement and, if the procedure has already been completed, the person can update the information. Before starting, it is important to have on hand:

  • The meter number and the Customer/Service/Account/Contract number or NIS that are on your electricity and natural gas bill online.
  • The last copy of your ID.
  • The CUIL number of each member of the household over 18 years of age.
  • The out-of-pocket income of each household member over 18 years of age.
  • An e-mail address

For the advancement of the inflationfrom now on residential users who receive income below $2,979,728.50 and $3,635,268.77, depending on the bioclimatic zone of Argentina in which they are located and other exclusion criteria, still have the possibility of requesting the subsidies for public services of luz and of gas natural by networks through the RACE.

He National Institute of Statistics and Census (INDEC) published this Thursday that the Total Basic Basket (CBT)The parameter used to determine the poverty threshold increased in May to $851,351 for a household of four members, when until April it was $828,158 per month.

Given this inflationary context, access to subsidies for basic services is directly affected, since current regulations stipulate that families whose income does not exceed 3.5 times the value of the CBT can apply for these benefits.

Those who completed the RASE will only have to re-register if they want to update their data. (Illustrative Image Infobae)

Users are divided into three residential categories based on the income levels they receive according to the segmentation scheme in force since 2022. Users of high income (N1) It was planned that they would pay more for energy. Those of low income (N2) and those of average income (N3) will have “tariff discounts” but with a consumption limit. The latest official data show that there are 5.3 million N1s, 8 million N2s and 2.7 million N3s.

Current regulations categorize as N1 families those who earn up to 3.5 times the basic basket. Today, the threshold from which subsidies cannot be requested reaches $2,979,728.50 of monthly family income, that is, 3.5 basic baskets for a type 2 household as defined by the statistical agency.

For those households located in the districts of Patagones (Buenos Aires), Chubut, La Pampa, Neuquén, Río Negro, Santa Cruz or Tierra del Fuego, A. and IAS, the total monthly income to belong to the highest income segment must be equivalent to or greater than $3,635,268.77 per month.

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