Some months ago, we talked about the new electricity toll structure that the CNMC and the government were preparing. Its entry into force was scheduled for the end of 2020, but was suspended due to the pandemic. Finally, the new regulations will begin to apply from June 1, 2021. In this post we are going to explain which are the main novelties of the new regulation and how they will affect your electricity bill.
Said that, if you are a client of Escandinava de Electricidad you don’t have to worry about anything, We will do everything necessary to adapt your bill to the new regulation, at the same time we help you save.
So what are the main changes?
The Circular 3/2020 of January 15 establishes new access tolls for electricity transmission and distribution networks. This new system will affect all holders of an electricity supply. Let’s summarize the main changes introduced by this new regulation applied by law, that will affect both domestic supplies and companies.
- A new 2.0TD tariff replaces automatically the current 2.0A, 2.0DHA, 2.0DHS, 2.1A, 2.1DHA and 2.1DHS tariffs. This affects the majority of household supplies and many SMEs.
- The supplies with capacity up to 15kW will have time discrimination with three hourly periods, each one with a different price for energy (peak, flat and off-peak periods).
- Users will have the option of contracting two different capacities.
- Current 3.0A supplies become the new 3.0TD tariff and the 3.1A become part of the new 6.1TD tariff, both with 6 periods for energy and capacity.
Find the new tariff structure summarized in this table.
|Current Tariff||Capacity||Power||New Tariff||Energy periods||Capacity periods|
|2.0A||< 10kW||T < 1Kv||2.0TD||3||2|
|2.1A||10kW < Pc < 15kW|
|2.1DHA||10kW < Pc < 15kW|
|2.1DHS||10kW < Pc < 15kW|
|3.0A||Pc < 15kW||3.0TD||6||6|
|3.1A||–||1Kv < T < 30Kv||6.1TD||6||6|
How does it affect supplies up to 15kW?
The average contracted capacity of domestic supplies in Spain is around 4.6 kW. This is why from June 1, the electricity tariff of most Spanish homes will automatically change to 2.0TD. This is a tariff with hourly discrimination, which will have three periods for energy (peak, flat and off-peak) and two periods for capacity.
Each hourly period will have a different price, both for energy and capacity. Therefore, it will be more important than ever to control when we use electricity. Your washing machine wil consume the same amount of kWh if you turn it on at 9 a.m., 4 p.m. or 2 a.m., but the price you will pay for energy will not be the same. The three new periods for energy are peak, flat, and off-peak. Energy will be much more expensive in the peak period and cheaper in the the flat and off-peak periods.
Here you can see what will be the new periods. This way you can get an idea on when it is more profitable to use the appliances with more electricity consumption.
|Peak time||Flat time||Off-peak time|
|Monday to Friday
10.00 to 14.00
18.00 to 22.00
|Monday to Friday
08.00 to 10.00
14.00 to 18.00
22.00 to 00.00
|Monday to Friday
00.00 to 08.00
Saturday, Sunday and national holidays
Users will have the opportunity to choose two different capacities and adapt them to their electricity consumption habits.
What are the changes for supplies over 15kW?
Electricity tariffs for supplies above 15 kW (mainly companies) will also suffer some changes with the new regulation. The band covered by 3.0A tariff will be renamed 3.0TD and 3.1A tariff will become 6.1TD tariff. The main novelty is that both tariffs will have 6 periods for energy and capacity.
The consumer has the right to adapt and modify the currently contracted capacities to the new periods at no cost, regardless whether they have already made a power change in the last twelve months.
Why all these modifications?
This new electricity tariff structure arises from the need to adapt the Spanish system to European regulations. The idea is to redistribute the costs corresponding to the use of the transmission and distribution networks among users, through the electricity bill.
The implementation of the new electric toll structure had to be delayed on several occasions. The initial proposal was for them to come into force in November 2020, but due to the COVID pandemic this date was postponed until April 1, 2021. At the end of February, its application was delayed again to June 1, 2021, to give electricity distributors and traders additional time to adapt to the new system. Finally, from June, the electricity bill will adapt to the new rate structure based on current regulations.
What can you do to save on electricity?
In the new toll structure, there will be an important variation in the price of energy depending on the time it is consumed. Therefore, to save money on the electricity bill it will be more necessary than ever to make an efficient use of energy. From Escandinava de Electricidad we recommend avoiding the peak period and concentrating the electricity consumption in the off-peak period, when energy is cheaper. These are the best days and hours we recommend you to program your appliances:
- Monday to Friday from 00.00 to 08.00
- Saturday and Sunday (24 hours)
- National holidays (24 hours)
On the other hand, energy will be much more expensive during the peak period and it will be convenient to avoid them. Look at the table below and learn the hours when doing the laundry or using the oven does not pay off.
- Monday to Friday from 10.00 to 14.00 and from 18.00 to 22.00
Another good strategy that we recommend you to save on the electricity bill is to adjust the capacity. Do you have more capacity than needed? Then it’s time to lower it and start saving. Find out how to do it here. (In Spanish)
We can help you solve your doubts
Is everything a little clearer to you? You can look for more information about the new electric toll system here. If you have questions and want some advice, please contact us. We can help you save on your electricity bill with our 100% renewable energy. At Escandinava de Electricidad we will be very happy to welcome you to a cleaner and more sustainable energy.