21 January 2018
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  • Extinction of Regulated 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 transitional period, set by a Government ordinance, should conclude on 31 December 2020.

    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-based supplier.

    During the transitional period, consumers who choose to remain in the regulated market will continue to be supplied by the supplier of last resort at a transitional rate fixed by the Energy Services Regulatory Authority (ERSE).

    This last phase of extinction of regulated tariffs for domestic consumers concludes the process of liberalization of the electricity and natural gas markets in continental 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 online simulators for price comparisons (portuguese versions).

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Extinction of Regulated Tariffs