28 JANUARY 2021

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The new 2.0 TD rate and its relationship to renewable energy

Cambios con la actualización de la tarifa 2.0 TD de electricidad

The new 2.0 TD rate will imply a big change for consumers and the industry. While this is a reform that should have entered into effect on November 1 last year, the crisis triggered by COVID-19 has postponed its effective date until April this year.

Throughout this article, we will explain as best as possible the new electricity rate system.

What is involved in this electricity rate reform?

At the request of the European Union, the determination of part of the new 2.0 TD electricity rate will be implemented by the National Commission on Markets and Competition, and not by the Government.

Changes have been made in the part controlling the use of electricity transmission and power supply grids. These are commonly called distribution charges, which represent 41.14% of the electricity bill.

What are the main changes resulting from the new electricity rate reform?

  • Change in electricity rates

Current facts:

  • There are 6 different rates for power supplies of less than 15 kilowatts of contracted power capacity.
  • For those over 15 kilowatts, there is only the 3.0A low-voltage rate.
  • For high-voltage rates, we have the 3.1A (for 450 KW or less) and then the 6.1A, 6.1B, 6.2 rates and so on until 6.5.
  • There is the possibility of contracting or not different time-of-use rates.

What the reform will involve:

  • All rates for power supplies of less than 15 kilowatts are unified into a single rate, the 2.0 TD rate.
  • For those power supplies of more than 15 kilowatts, there will be a 3.0TD low-voltage rate and high-voltage rates referred to as 6.1TD to 6.4TD rates.
  • In cases where solar self-consumption systems are available, there will be 5 rates (6.0TDA low-voltage rate, and from 6.1TDA to 6.4TDA high-voltage rate).
  • All rates will involve some kind of time-of-use rate, referred to as timing adjustments.
  • Timing adjustments and the end of current time-of-use rates

Current facts:

  • There is the possibility of contracting or not the time-of-use rates, and there are even rates with different time periods.

What the reform will involve:

  • The timing adjustment concept is applied in a unified manner. Within each rate, there will be different periods, both in power and consumption.
  • Different classifications are established (high, medium, low season…) and these are assigned to the different months of the year by geographical area: Peninsula, Balearic Islands, Canary Islands, Ceuta and Melilla).

In practice, this means that, in all rates, the price will depend on the time of day, where responsible consumption and the use of the most economical periods will be more important than ever.

No more disconnections for exceeding power limits, charging instead for excess power consumption

Current facts:

  • Today, if we exceed the controlled power, we will blow the fuses. Higher power supplies are charged fines for excess.

What the reform will involve:

  • There will no longer be disconnections, instead, excess power consumption will be billed.
  • Excess consumption will be charged according to the time of day.
  • In addition, with the new rates, two different power settings can be contracted on one power supply.

Do you think you pay a higher electricity bill than you should or are you thinking about adjusting your tariff to get a discount on your monthly bill? Contact us and we will help you find a solution. 

Remember that you can also calculate your self-consumption installation by clicking here or on the button at the top of this page.

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