For electricity supply to reach the end user, it is necessary to carry out certain steps to connect the distribution networks with the installation in the home. The costs of this are called connection charges, which in turn can be classified into four types, depending on certain factors such as whether the installation is low or medium voltage, whether the connection is overhead or underground, and whether the connection requires the incorporation of certain components. It is not always necessary to pay all the connection charges, since this will depend on the particularities of each case. Like to find out more? Let’s go!
As the name suggests, these are the charges that give access to the electricity transmission network, to bring electricity and gas into the home.
In order to gain access, the following steps must be taken:
- Request. The customer sends a request for access to the distribution company.
- Assessment. The company carries out an assessment as to whether the amount of energy required can be supplied to the user's home as it is, or whether the electrical installation needs to be adapted for the purpose.
- Execution. The company informs the user whether it can provide access to the network “as is” or whether it is necessary to carry out works.
What is not in the hands of the distribution company is the cost of these procedures, since this is regulated and established by the Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Commerce.
These charges are normally added to the marketing company’s electricity bill.
These refer to the maintenance of the electrical infrastructure, and will depend on certain circumstances. Let's see what these are:
- A new connection. First-time contract for an address where the customer has never consumed electricity or gas before.
- A contract after more than three years of disconnection. Extension charges also apply if the home has been disconnected for three years or more. And what if less than three years have passed since the supply was last discontinued? In this case, and if it is a second residence, you can request the reconnection without having to pay any extension charges.
- Higher power required. Because sometimes the user needs or wishes to contract more power in the home.
As with access charges, the cost of the service is regulated, although it will vary based on the three situations described, so that if, for example, you want to increase power, the total amount to pay will be the price established by the Ministry multiplied by the total power contracted.