After the peak of energy use due to the heat wave that caused massive power outages throughout the Metropolitan Area of Buenos Aires, the National Government is moving forward with the definition of utility tariffs for 2022, which, according to what has already been announced, "will not increase above salaries". Within this framework, a public hearing was called to analyze the costs of electric energy.
It was through Resolution ENRE No. 25/2022 published this Wednesday in the Official Gazette that it was confirmed that the meeting will be held on February 17 in which the National Electricity Regulatory Entity called for a virtual Public Hearing in order to inform and hear opinions regarding:
- the determination of the Power ReferencePrices (POTREF) and the Stabilized Energy Price (PEE) in the Wholesale Electricity Market (MEM), as well as the stabilized transportation price for the Wholesale Electricity Market of the Tierra del Fuego System (MEMSTDF);
- the tariff transition proposals prepared by the electricity distributors of the Metropolitan Area of Buenos Aires (AMBA), EDENOR S.A. and EDESUR S.A., the Ente Provincial del Energía del Río Negro (Ente Provincial del Energía del Río Negro), EDENOR S.A. and EDESUR S.A. the Ente Provincial de Energía del Neuquén (EPEN) and the electric energy transporters TRANSENER S.A., TRANSBA S.A., DISTROCUYO S.A., TRANSPA S.A., TRANSCO S.A., TRANSNEA S.A. and TRANSNOA S.A.
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The Public Hearing to be held on Thursday, February 17 will start at 8:00 a.m. through a streaming platform, and will be governed by the regulations established in Resolution ENRE No. 30/2004. The first part will be chaired by the Secretary of Energy Darío Martínez and by the Undersecretary of Electric Energy Federico Basualdo Richards, while the ENRE's Comptroller, María Soledad Manin, will chair the second part.
"Those interested in attending and/or participating will have time to register and take view of the file between Monday, January 31 at 00:00 and Monday, February 14 at 23:59. Those who wish to make a presentation must expressly state so in the registration form, where they must submit a summary of their presentation and eventually any documentation and/or proposal related to the objects of the hearing", the resolution details.
The Secretary of Energy of the Nation, Darío Martínez, had already advanced that for this year the Government plans to apply "a tariff correction" that "will be of 20% in the electric power and gas bills for the generality of the users". In this context, he clarified that "the tariff corrections will always be lower than the increases in workers' salaries, pensions, AUH and family allowances".
"The income increases of all Argentine men and women will always exceed the tariff increases based on the recovery of the real salary as provided by Alberto Fernandez and Cristina Fernandez. The subsidy segmentation tool, which aims at a more intelligent, efficient and equitable use of subsidies, will also be applied as from next year", it detailed.