Gas bills arrive with increases of up to 1,000% in Santa Fe

The gas bills that arrive at the homes of Santa Fe residents starting this May will come with significant increases, although we will know the total impact of the new tariff schedule in June and July.

The increases could climb up to 1,000 percent and will depend on two aspects: the gas consumption of the home and the segmentation group of energy subsidies to which they belong, which are defined based on income: low, medium or tall.

This was confirmed by Victoria Noriega, president of Cooperativa Setúbal, sub-distributor of the service in the city of Santa Fe. “Gas bills will also arrive this month with an increase, which will not be the entire increase enabled by Enargas in the month of April.”

He explained that “this new increase in rates is for consumption that occurs after April 3. We bill bimonthly. So it is likely that the bill that arrives in May will only include part of that increase. That is, in “In the month of May, two tariff tables will coexist: a previous one, and the one that begins to govern consumption in the month of April.”

Regarding the impact that the increases will have, he indicated: “They range from 500% to 1000%, depending on two issues: firstly, the category of user, which will depend on the number of public meters consumed, but also depending on their economic capacity: We have discrimination based on economic capacity in “N1” residential users, who are those with the highest income; “N2”, which are those with the lowest income; and “N3″ residential users, which are those with the lowest income; average income”.

In that sense, and taking into account that in the last consumption reading only half was billed with the increases, it is likely that the increases that arrive in the May bills will be around 250 percent on average; and then in June and July we will begin to see the full impact of the new tariff schedule reflected.

He clarified that the increase reflects an impact on three components: “On the price of gas, on the price of transportation and on the price of distribution.”

In statements to “LT10”, Noriega confirmed that the greatest impact (close to a thousand percent increase) will be felt by those who are included in the sector of “high-income” users, a group that stopped receiving subsidies.

In that sense, the representative of the Setúbal Cooperative specified: “What we are going to have there (for the users with “higher incomes”) is a higher cost of the price of gas in their public meter rate.”

Will there be more increases in gas in the second half?
In relation to what may happen in the second part of the year, when the rate update ends, Noriega recalled that the government’s idea, at first, was that rates could be updated monthly.

However, he indicated that “the Minister of Economy reported that the monthly updates were not going to be applied and that they were going to be extended.”

He highlighted that “gas rates have been frozen for more than five years, which do not keep pace with inflation. So, what happens is that we have a large rate delay.”

In that sense, he noted: “With this first increase we are reducing it, but we are still not able to get close to the great tariff delay that we have.”

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