these are the main changes and what you will have to do to spend less

The new electricity bill format for home users It will enter into force on June 1, 2021 and it will come with important changes in the price structure and time slots in an attempt to promote “energy saving, efficiency, self-consumption and the deployment of electric vehicles in Spain”

According has explained the Government, starting next month, the access tolls to the electricity sector will be replaced by two new concepts. In the first place by the transportation and distribution tolls, which will be set by the CNMC and which will cover the costs of using the transmission and distribution networks.

Second by the electrical system charges, established by the Ministry for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge and whose collection will be destined to finance the costs of the system, such as renewable energy, cogeneration and generation with waste (RECORE), coverage of the deficit from previous years or compensation for the extra cost in non-peninsular territories.

A new structure: three schedules and two contracted powers

The new rate will have a new structure with price discrimination for all consumers and three different periods for those with a Voluntary Price for the Small Consumer (PVPC) and who have contracted less than 15 KW as maximum peak power (most Spanish homes). Thus, they will be fixed three time sections: tip, plain and valley, which will have a somewhat peculiar distribution distributed alternately at different times of the day.


The peak period will be during which the cost of tolls and charges will be higher, being included between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and the 18 and 22 hours. The flat section will have an intermediate cost and will be located between the 8 and 10 o’clock, the 2 pm and 6 pm and between 22 and 24 hours. Finally we will have the valley rate, which will be the cheapest and will include between midnight and 8 a.m. as well as during all hours on weekends and holidays.

In addition, as of June 1, domestic consumers we can contract two different powers simultaneous in each home: one for peak and flat periods Y another for the valley period. In this way, those who have higher power needs in the off-peak period, such as owners of an electric vehicle who leave it charging at night, will be able to benefit from hiring a higher power for the off-peak period and maintain their usual power on the sections. point and plain.


However, this differentiation of two power levels must be requested by each user to his electric company, since if you do not do so, the current power contracted in both periods will be applied automatically.

A new invoice format

Along with these measures, a new invoice format for users with PVPC that it will adapt the receipt to the division of the current access tolls, but above all they affirm that it will be able to “simplify the content to improve its understanding”, it will reduce its length to two pages and will incorporate new information such as maximum powers that each consumer has sued in each of the time periods in the last year.

It will also be included a QR code to make it easier for the user to use the offer comparator of energy on the CNMC website so that you can find cheaper alternatives for your needs.

How will the new invoice benefit you?

According to the Organization of Consumers and Users (OCU), the new electricity tariff “largely shifts its weight to the variable part of the bill, which depends on consumption, and reduces the weight of the fixed term. “Hence, the real effects on the amount that we will pay at the end of the month depend largely on our usage habits of electricity at home.


According to the OCU, the new rate “will reward consumers who modify their habits to adapt to the proposed schedules”, something that sounds good but that we can not always do, since many households have tasks that must be carried out at certain times of the day and cannot be postponed, for example, to night hours, which in practice it will limit the possible discounts on the invoice.

According to the first estimates on the impact depending on the type of user, for an average home with PVPC of 4.6kW of power and a consumption of 3,500 kWh there would be hardly any change in the final amount to pay each month unless they change their habits and move their electrical use to off-peak periods.

On the other hand, households that already have hourly discrimination will lose this advantage and their bill would increase by about 58 euros per year on average. According to calculations of Ingebau, users who already have time discrimination could pay an average of 6 or 7 euros more per month, while those who do not have it would have their bill reduced by about five euros.

Those who consume during off-peak hours will benefit the most. Weekend use will be especially important, where for example putting a washing machine on a Sunday would be up to two and a half times cheaper than to do it on a weekday at noon.

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