In 2009, Spain approved the electricity social rate, a discount regulated by the Government, mainly aimed at protecting financially vulnerable groups.
In reality, it is a 25% or 40% discount on the regulated tariff (VPSC). In numbers, this discount could represent annual savings of more than 200 euros for average consumers.
Despite it being launched over 8 years ago, there are still doubts concerning who can apply for it, particularly since the criteria changes in October 2017.
We will explain all you need to know about the social rate.
Who is entitled to the social rate?
Households with a contracted power equivalent to or below 10 Kw can apply for the social rate, provided it is a usual residence and they fall under one of the following categories:
- Pensioners: those that receive the minimum pension (through retirement or permanent disability).
- Large families: Large families with at least three children.
- Low-income families: Families with an annual income below 11,279 euros (if they do not have children), 15,039 euros (if they have one child) or 18,798 euros (if they have 2 children). These thresholds will be updated on a regular basis.
How do I apply for it?
To request the Social Rebate, contact one of the leading suppliers. They are the only power companies authorised to offer it.
If you think you are in one of the above groups, please read the following information carefully: