Electricity bill: tariff flag goes up 50% and extra fee will be R$ 14.20

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O government announced on Tuesday that the highest level of the tariff flag will be readjusted by 50% as of this Wednesday. The extra charge on electricity bills will rise from R$9.49 to R$14.20 for every 100 kilowatt-hours (kWh) consumed. O Ministry of Mines and Energy also announced a program to encourage voluntary reduction of electricity consumption for residential and small business customers (which are served by energy distributors).

The flag will be called the tariff flag “Water scarcity” and will cause an increase of 6.78% in the average tariff of energy consumers. Low-income citizens who adhere to the social tariff will not be affected by the brand’s new rules, and the current value will be maintained. The measure will be valid from September 1st to April 30th, 2022.

Through the program, you will get a discount on electricity bills who decrease consumption by at least 10%. The rate bonus must be worth up to a 20% reduction — above that there would be no benefits. The measures are part of the government’s actions due to the water crisis, the worst in 91 years, which threatens the supply of electricity. As it is voluntary, the government does not consider the measure to be a form of energy rationing (which presupposes mandatory).

The goal is for the program to start being effective in September and extends to April. There will be a 0.50 bonus for every kilowatt-hour (kWh) of energy volume above the 10% target. The discount will be paid to anyone who saves above the 10% range. Therefore, below that, there would be no discount — just the normal reduction due to the drop in consumption.

For example, if a family consumes 200kWh of energy per month, it should reduce this consumption to a range between 160 and 180kWh. This family would earn a R$ 5 bonus on the account for reducing consumption by 10%. For a 20% savings, the discount would be R$10.