Actions called by FACUA in 46 cities against the electricity rate hike

The association puts forward a ten-point list of demands in which it calls for measures to be taken by the Government to reduce tariffs and put an end to the speculation of the energy oligopoly.

Actions called by FACUA in 46 cities against the electricity rate hike

FACUA-Consumers in Action has held street protests in 46 cities across Spain on Thursday 15 July in rejection of the electricity price hike. The association is putting forward a list of demands, which can be read at Facua.org/tarifazo (only available in Spanish), in which it calls for measures to be taken by the Government to reduce tariffs and put an end to the speculation of the energy oligopoly.

The gatherings were attended by a large number of consumers, as well as civil society organisations, in protest against the rise in electricity prices. Through the actions, the association has called on the Government to take a series of measures to protect consumers' rights in the face of abuses in the electricity sector.

Among the demands are a change in the rules of the wholesale market auction, the permanent lowering of VAT, the control of fraudulent offers from electricity companies and the approval of a new model of social tariff that represents at least a 50% discount on the bill and from which families earning no more than 2 minimum wages can benefit, which would increase to 3 depending on the number and characteristics of the members.

There have also been calls for the state to take back the concessions of hydroelectric power plants that expire in order to integrate them into a public energy company, so that fair prices can be set to help reduce electricity bills.

The passivity of the central and regional governments in the face of massive fraud by electricity companies makes it easier for them to continue to be repeated year after year. Faced with this, FACUA is calling for a coordinated process between the central and regional governments and local councils to ensure that beneficiaries of the Minimum Living Income, minimum insertion incomes of the autonomous communities and beneficiaries of social aid and benefits at local level are guaranteed access to basic supplies such as electricity in the procedure and resolution of concession.

In addition, FACUA has called for a ban on cuts in electricity supply for economic reasons to vulnerable consumers and a restructuring of the time slots.

En Córdoba.

 

Protests in Madrid.

 

In Cádiz.

 

In Badajoz.

 

In Toledo.

 

In Granada.

 

In Sevilla.

 

In Sevilla.

 

In Badajoz.

 

In Málaga.

 

In Valencia.

 

In Valladolid.

 

In Bilbao.

 

In Sevilla.

 

In Barcelona.