Social tariff law for electricity bills can benefit low-income families – Prime Time Zone

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The text that simplifies the inclusion of consumers in the registration of the Social Electricity Tariff was sanctioned; measure takes effect in four months

JOSÉ CARLOS DAVES/FUTURA PRESS/ESTADÃO CONTENTLow-income families registered in the Cadúnico will automatically be included in the Social Electricity Tariff

The president Jair Bolsonaro (no party) sanctioned last Friday, the 10th, Law 14.203/2021, which simplifies the inclusion of low-income families in the Social Electricity Tariff. In an interview with Morning newspaper, gives Young pan, the rapporteur of the matter, the senator Zequinha Marinho (PSC-PA), explained how the inclusion will work. According to the text, the Executive Branch and concessionaires, licensees and authorized companies of public electricity distribution service must update the data of families registered in the Single Registry for Social Programs of the Federal Government (Single) and automatically enroll them as beneficiaries of the Social Electricity Tariff. Before, families were only told that they were entitled to the tariff. “The concessionaire will carry out this search with government agencies and will automatically place everyone with low income, who is registered in CadÚnico, within the benefit”, he explained.

“Brazil currently has around 25 million families that should already be enjoying this benefit, however, only around 12 million are included in the Social Electricity Tariff,” stated Zequinha Marinho. According to the senator, whoever consumes up to 30 kilowatt-hours, a value considered low, will have a discount of up to 65% on the bill. “So, the needy family will have a discount above consumption. Those who have a consumption between 31 to 100 kilowatt-hours, which is the mass, will have a 40% discount. At the other end, whoever consumes between 101 and 22 kilowatt-hours will only have a 10% discount”, explains the congressman. Zequinha Marinho stated that the Social Electricity Tariff will not harm other consumers. “This discount is covered by the CDE, which is the Energy Development Account. So the government manages this resource, precisely to cover it”, he pointed out. For him, at a time when there is a lack of electricity and there is an increase in the value of the electricity bill, the lack of a benefit like this would “crush” the neediest families. Law 14.203 was enacted on September 10 and published in the Official Gazette (13) of this Monday, 13. The measure takes effect 120 days after its publication.