Do you owe a electricity bill? See how to stay immune to power outages

On March 26, the National Electric Energy Agency (Aneel) banned power cut of low-income families due to the lack of payment. This measure is valid until the 30th of June. In addition, the cancellation of the social tariff was prohibited.

Do you owe a electricity bill? See how to stay immune to power outages
Do you owe a electricity bill? See how to be immune to the power cut (Photo: Google)

For low-income beneficiaries who are registered with the Tarifa Social program, the measure will benefit health-related units, such as hospitals and vaccine storage centers, as well as places where there are essential equipment for life.

This measure was adopted due to the crisis caused by the second wave of coronavirus that the country is experiencing. In which it already counts more than 300 thousand dead with daily records of death in several states.

To contain the spread of the virus, several states and municipalities have returned with tougher restrictions, such as the closure of non-essential services.

The situation is in the midst of the absence of financial aid from the government for the poorest families.

Emergency aid, a benefit created to support the most vulnerable people, was paid until December 2020. And should be resumed only in the month of April, but with a lower value and a smaller number of beneficiaries.

Aneel determined a similar measure to prohibit the cut due to the lack of payment that encompassed all residential consumers and essential services.

In July, this measure was extended until the end of the year, but only for those consumers who had low income.

According to the director of Aneel Sandoval Feitosa, this resolution will benefit consumers most affected by the pandemic and for whom the electricity bill represents a larger portion of the family budget.

Sandoval also states that the measure will have an impact on 60 million people, but these consumers only represent 3.93% of the energy distributors’ revenue, and part of that revenue is already subsidized.

“The action would have a maximum impact of 2% on the distributors’ revenue, however it would benefit about 25% of our population,” he said.

In order to cover this loss, Aneel determined that the distributors stop paying compensation due to consumers who suffer from a drop in energy supply that exceeds the limit allowed by the agency.

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Jheniffer FreitasJheniffer Freitas

Jheniffer Aparecida Corrêa Freitas has a degree in Journalism from the University of Mogi das Cruzes. She worked as a press officer for the São Paulo State Secretariat for Public Security and the São Paulo State Secretariat for Health. She is currently a writer for the portal FDR, producing guidelines on popular economy and finance.

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