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Parliamentary questions
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18 September 2018
Question for written answer E-004726-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Ramon Tremosa i Balcells (ALDE)

 Subject:  Geographical discrimination in the structure of tariffs for access to Spain's power grid
 Answer in writing 

We, the Cecot employers’ association, the Confederació Catalana de la Fusta, CEDAC, Retailcat, the Federació Empresarial del Metall, AEPCRO, the Centre Metal-lúrgic, the Gremi de Tallers de Reparació i Venda d’Automòbils i Recanvis de Sabadell i Barcelona, the Institut Industrial de Terrassa and the Unió Empresarial Metal-lúrgica, wish to complain about the Spanish Government’s actions on the structure of electricity bills, in implementing Royal Decree 1054/2014. A geographical discrimination, worth over EUR 300 million, is affecting more than 3 200 Catalonian companies.

The unit values set by the government to remunerate distributors for investment and maintenance are the same in 24 kV and 36 kV sections of the power grid. However even though investment and maintenance costs are the same, users of the 24 kV networks, in place since the beginning of the 20th century in Catalonia, are penalised by more than 40% in comparison with users of the 30 kV and 36 kV networks.

Spain’s National Commission for Markets and Competition has expressed its opposition to the government’s arbitrary and unjustified decisions on electricity tariffs.

How far advanced is the infraction procedure initiated against Spain for non-compliance with the provisions of the Electricity Directive, which concerns, inter alia, the authority empowered with setting electricity distribution tariffs?

Original language of question: ES 
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