Find out if your gas bill is at a regulated or free price and how it affects you

According to him Household Panel of the National Commission for Markets and Competition (@CNMC_ES), seven out of ten Spanish households do not know if their supply of natural gas or electricity is on the regulated or free market. That your gas bill is based on a contract with a regulated price means that your rate is fixed by the Government through the call Last Resort Fee (TUR). Those with an annual consumption of less than 50,000 kWh are eligible for this rate. On the contrary, that your contract is in the free market means that the price you pay for gas is set by your company. You can identify the most competitive offers for the supply of natural gas at a free price in the CNMC price comparison.

For the calculation of the TUR, the access tolls and the price of gas. Of the nearly 7.9 million consumers of natural gas in Spain, some 6.3 million are supplied through a market marketer at a free price and, around 1.6 million, are covered by the price of the TUR. There are TUR 1, for annual consumptions less than 5,000 kWh, and TUR 2, for annual consumptions between 5,000 kWh and 50,000 kWh. Its cost can be regulated quarterly by the Ministry for Ecological Transition based on, for example, the cost of raw materials in international markets.

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Knowing if your gas contract is at a regulated or free price is simple by following these CNMC guidelines:

– Take your last natural gas bill

– Check if your marketer is one of these “Last Resort Marketers (CUR)”:

  • Iberdrola Comercialización de Último Recurso, SAU
  • Endesa Energía XXI, SLU
  • Gas Natural SUR SDG, SA
  • EDP ​​Comercializadora de Último Recurso, SA

-If so, your gas contract is in regulated mode. If the name of your supplier is different from the previous ones, then your natural gas supply is made in the free market.

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In practice, however, knowing who your gas trader is it can be more complicated or at least confusing, since the names used by these companies, depending on whether they offer a regulated or free price, are very similar, as highlighted by the public body that preserves the proper functioning of all markets in the interest of consumers and companies . Thus, for example, Endesa Energía XXI, SLU is the marketer of contracts with a regulated price, while Endesa Energía, SA is the one who sells at a free price.

In any case, remember that, as consumers, we have the right to freely choose the marketer with which we want to contract our gas supply

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