20 October 2018
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  • Extinction of Regulated End-User Tariffs 


    Since 1 January 2013, regulated end-user tariffs are no longer available to Portuguese consumers of electricity and natural gas, who must switch to a market supplier. For existing customers with regulated tariffs, a transitional period was foreseen and has been extended to allow a smoother move to the liberalized market. These regulated tariffs may be adjusted on a quarterly basis.

    The regulated tariff for domestic consumers with higher intakes - equal to or above 10.35 kVA in the case of electricity, and with an annual consumption exceeding 500 m3 in the case of natural gas – were extinguished on 1 July 2012. Those consumers were given a transitional period of two and a half years, until the end of 2014, to switch to a market supplier.

    Under the terms of Government Ordinance N. 39/2017 of 26 January 2017, consumers who still have regulated tariffs have a transitional period until 31 December 2020 to choose an electricity market supplier.

    Under the terms of Government Ordinance N. 144/2017 of 24 April 2017, consumers who still have regulated tariffs have a transitional period until 31 December 2020 to choose a natural gas market supplier.

    This last phase of extinction of regulated tariffs for domestic consumers concludes the process of liberalization of the electricity and natural gas markets in Mainland Portugal. The process for switching suppliers is free, requires no change of meter, and is driven by the supplier with whom the consumer has entered into a new contract for the supply of energy.

    To help in the process of changing supplier, ERSE also provides a list of all companies that are operating in the market, as well as an online simulator for price comparisons.

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