Large power users lose their rate appeal

The electrical price regulator rejected an appeal by large users because the agency said the petitioners did not prove their case.

The users, represented by the Asociación de Grandes Consumidores de Energía sought a reduction of from 11 to 39 percent. But the Intendencia de Energía of the Autoridad Reguladora de Servicios Públicos said that this would mean an increase on other consumers. The agency said that the rejection benefits 1.5 million residential users.

The agency said that the association based its appeal on comparisons with electrical rates in other countries but it did not supply details of these rates or the source from where the information was obtained.

The request was brought into the political arena by those who thought that large companies should pay more. The appeal would have covered rate charges by all electrical utilities.

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