Since 1st October the new electricity tariff with hourly discrimination (PVPC) is available for powers lowers than 10 kilowatts (kW). The appearance in the market of this tariff has led to a big doubt for most households and small businesses, what electricity tariff should I sign on? To find the solution, first we may understand what the benefits of each tariff and market are.
Precio Voluntario para el Pequeño Consumidor (PVPC)
PVPC tariff, known as Tarifa Último Recurso (TUR), is based on prices fixed by Ministry of Industry. There are two types, depending if your energy counter is analogic or digital:
- Digital: A price for each hour of the day is available and published daily on the Red Eléctrica Española website.
- Analogic: It has a weighted average price, what causes that you don’t know the price of kilowatt hour until the invoice arrives. The prices is calculated doing the average of all the prices published during the billing period.
At Free market trading companies choose the price of kilowatt hour. In this market, in addition, they make offers and discounts on consumption and power term, maintenance service and more.
The biggest advantage of this mode is that you know exactly what the price of kilowatt hour is before receiving the invoice, but it will be the same for all the billing period and will only be reviewed from time to time.
Should I know something more?
Once the user has decided between PVPC and Free market, there are tariffs with and without hourly discrimination. Tariffs with hourly discrimination, also known as night tariff, involve two different billing sections (three, if electric vehicle) depending the hour of the day. These periods, known as peak, off-peak and super off-peak, allows the user to have hours where the electricity is around 50% cheaper, but makes a 15% more expensive the peak period.
Also is important to underline that trading companies will not charge any fee to change your tariff.
What now? Which electricity tariff should I sign on?
In view of all these possibilities, PickData has developed a management tool to allow you to compare between all existing market tariffs and make a decision to change yours or not with absolute certainty.
Feel free to do as many comparisons as wish. At the end, you will know if you will pay less with an hourly discrimination tariff, moving from Free market to PVPC or if it’s better to keep on the same electricity tariff.
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