Homeowners will be forced to pay five per cent more than necessary for their electricity from July 1 – that is unless you contract one of the new free-market companies
HOMEOWNERS will be punished for failing to register with a new electricity company this summer.
They will have to pay five per cent more if they keep their existing contract with Sevillana Endesa.
The bizarre situation comes about as Spain finally deregulates its electricity industry.
“It is incredible that monopolies like Sevillana were allowed to exist for so long”
From July 1 each householder will be given the chance to select cheaper companies than the current monopoly supplier Sevillana.
Failure to act will mean you automatically remain with your existing supplier but paying five per cent more than necessary.
“It is completely ridiculous, but it is true,” said accountant Maria Jose Hevilla, who lives in Coin.
“It is incredible that monopolies like Sevillana were allowed to exist for so long. And they are certainly not making it at all easy to change.”
Despite trying to call Sevillana to change her provider since April, Hevilla, of accounting firm Cohesa, says she has still not been called back.
Homeowners in Spain should have received a letter about the changes last week.
Although in some places the company, allegedly, simply leafletted towns.
Pablo Carrasco, of Montejaque, told the Olive Press, that a group simply dropped hundreds of leaflets around the main square and surrounding streets.
“They were blowing around all over the place. That is the only reason I came to get hold of a copy,” he said.
However, if it goes to plan, consumers will now be able to contract ‘green’ companies such as Iberdrola, which have errected the vast majority of the windmills in Andalucia.
When contacted, Sevillana Endesa in Ronda was unable to provide advice.
However, a phone call to Iberdrola, one of the free market companies, clarified the situation.
An employee explained that, as long as your supply is over 10KW, you can change to Iberdrola. You agree the price with them and they do all the necessary paperwork.
“There is no interruption to the supply, since the electricity will still be provided by Sevillana, but you will be billed by your new chosen company,” he explained.