Without subsidies, gas will be more expensive in winter

Since April, natural gas rates in Argentina have undergone a significant adjustment, affecting the pockets of users throughout the country. According to a report from the Interdisciplinary Institute of Political Economy (IIEP) of the UBA and Conicetit is expected a average increase between 344% and 456%. This increase will have an unequal impact in the different regions of the country, being The coldest areas are the most affected.

He new tariff tableimplemented by the Ministry of Energy, includes increases in both the fixed charge and the variable charges for household bills. This translates into a considerable increase in the cost of the service. for users of all income segmentsespecially those classified as N1, who do not receive subsidies.

According to the IIEP analysis, an N1 user will face an increase of 344% on average with respect to the tariff table of December 2023. In the case of users N2 and N3increasing average will be 475% and 456% respectively. These increases are reflected in the final invoices, where it is observed that The N1 segment pays a bill 1.5 times higher than the N3 segment and 1.6 times higher than the N2 segment.

How the categories look like according to a comparison of the figures according to the category and the provinces:

Category N1:

  • Tierra del Fuego: $58,917
  • Santa Cruz (South): $57,713
  • Chubut (South): $33,380
  • Neuquén (Cordillera): $33,070
  • Chubut and Río Negro Mountain Range: $33,050

Category N2:

  • Santa Cruz: $28,231
  • Tierra del Fuego: $25,817
  • Province of Buenos Aires (PBA), Chubut and Río Negro: $19,018
  • PBA South-PBA: $18,847
  • Chubut (South): $17,273

Category N3:

  • Santa Cruz: $33,527
  • Tierra del Fuego: $31,630
  • PBA, Chubut and Río Negro: $21,181
  • PBA and PBA South: $21,010
  • Chubut (South): $20,140

This comparison shows how rates vary by category and province, with Tierra del Fuego and Santa Cruz consistently standing out as the areas with the highest rates in all three categories.

These differences are explained by the territorial extension, the temperature differences and the cold zone regime. In addition, distributors apply different gas prices depending on the region, which contributes to the rate disparity between provinces and subzones.

On the other hand, It is expected that starting in May there will be another increase to compensate for the higher gas prices during the winterwhich will especially affect homes, small businesses and industries that do not have subsidies.

Gas rate increases represent a challenge for users across the country, with uneven impact depending on region and income level. It is crucial to closely monitor these changes and seek solutions that protect access to the service for all sectors of society.

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