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The President and Secretary General of FACUA hold a meeting with Teresa Ribera

Olga Ruiz and Rubén Sánchez have presented FACUA's demands on electricity policy to the fourth vice-president of the Government. In the first 20 days of January, the kWh has risen by 40.9% year-on-year.

The President and Secretary General of FACUA hold a meeting with Teresa Ribera

The President of FACUA-Consumers in Action, Olga Ruiz, and its Secretary-General, Rubén Sánchez, held a meeting on Wednesday 20 January with the Fourth Vice-President and Minister for Ecolological Transition, Teresa Ribera, and the Secretary of State for Energy, Sara Aagesen. The meeting, which lasted approximately two hours, took place at the Ministry's headquarters in Madrid.

At the meeting, FACUA's leaders expressed their concern about periods of large tariff increases such as this month's, which are particularly harmful to families with financial difficulties, and the need to speed up the fulfilment of the commitments made by the coalition Government to reduce electricity bills.

In this regard, the association considers it particularly important to reduce the proportion of the high price of the electricity power tariff -the fixed part- in the electricity bill, and to eliminate the over-remuneration that certain electricity generation technologies continue to receive, having amortised their investments many years ago.

In addition, FACUA officials have told Ribera of the need to modify the criteria for accessing the social tariff so that many more families can benefit from it, as well as the implementation of institutional communication campaigns to raise awareness of both the social tariff and the semi-regulated tariff (PVPC, according to its initials in Spanish), as a high percentage of users are unaware of its existence and that the PVPC results in lower bills than the free market offers. They also called for FACUA's participation in the implementation and evaluation of the National Strategy on Energy Poverty.

On the other hand, Ruiz and Sánchez have requested the Vice-President to study the lowering of VAT on household electricity bills, so that it ceases to be the highest -the general VAT rate, 21%- and all or part of the bill is charged at the super-reduced rate of 4%.

This meeting was requested last week to present FACUA's demands on electricity policy to the Minister.

According to FACUA's latest analysis of the evolution of the semi-regulated PVPC tariff, in the first 20 days of January, the kilowatt hour (kWh) of electricity has risen by 40.9% year-on-year to an average of 18.59 cents. With this price, the average user's monthly bill would represent 87.23 Euros, 29.3% more than a year ago, when it was 67.47 Euros.