By Ron Howells • 17 July 2021 • 6:45
The price of electricity in Spain continues to skyrocket despite the VAT reduction
The price of electricity in Spain continues to skyrocket despite the recent VAT reduction imposed by the government.
The average household bill has risen by almost 35% in this first fortnight of July compared to the same month last year.
If prices continue on the current path, the receipt of the regulated tariff (PVPC) would stand at 84.35 euros, an amount even higher than in June, when it was 81.27 euros, according to Facua estimates. With these references, the average user will pay 21.68 euros more than in July 2020, when the bill stood at 62.67 euros.
The consumer association calculates that the reduction in VAT to 10% until December – as well as the suspension of the generation tax, of 7%, paid by companies – has minimized the increase by 8.44 euros. If 21% were still applied, the receipt would have broken all records, reaching 92.79 euros instead of the current price of more than 81 euros.
If prices continue to follow this upward path, July’s bill will be the third most expensive in history for the average consumer.
To carry out its calculations, the association took as a reference the traditional average user profile without hourly discrimination published by the National Commission of Markets and Competition (CNMC).
In the first 15 days of July, the average price was 13.43 cents in off-peak hours, 17.76 cents in flat hours and 28.86 cents in peak hours. The calculation resulted in a summary of that between the three tariffs was 20.02 cents, 68.5% more than a year ago, when it was above 11 cents.
The extreme heat events in recent days have led to an increase in demand, coupled with record gas and CO2 costs since the end of May.
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Ron actually started his working career as an Ophthalmic Technician- things changed when, during a band rehearsal, his amplifier blew up and he couldn’t get it fixed so he took a course at Birmingham University and ended up doing a degree course. He built up a chain of electronics stores and sold them as a franchise over 35 years ago. After five years touring the world Ron decided to move to Spain with his wife and son, a place they had visited over the years, and only bought the villa they live in because it has a guitar-shaped swimming pool!.
Playing the guitar since the age of 7, he can often be seen, (and heard!) at beach bars and clubs along the length of the coast. He has always been interested in the news and constantly thrives to present his articles in an interesting and engaging way.
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