Thirteen cases against Endesa for non-compliance with the energy poverty law

Utility companies supplying electricity, gas and water are obliged by Act 24/2015 to ensure continuous supply while the most vulnerable families endure economic hardship. The thirteen proceedings brought against Endesa total 430,000 euros.

30/11/2018 15:35 h

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The thirteen cases against the power distributor Endesa, representing fines of between 30,000 and 70,000 euros in each case and an overall total of 430,000 euros, come on top of the five fines imposed on the company in 2017. All the cases are for non-compliance with Catalonia’s Act 24/2015, establishing urgent measures to tackle the housing emergency and energy poverty, asfamilies in vulnerable situations were cut off even though municipal social services had accredited their circumstances.

Municipal services standing up for energy rights

Besides standing up for people’s energy rights at a legal level, the city’s eleven energy advice points (PAE) have been working since 2017 to improve detection and support in cases of energy poverty in the city. Since they opened, the PAEs have helped nearly 50,000 people and prevented services being cut off in 10,000 cases.

A new tax by-law approved by the full council in September will tax energy transport companies circulating in the city and is expected to raise four million euros. The City Council has also been paid an additional four million euros from the payment of taxes and interest from electric supply companies for the special use of the public domain during the period 2016-2018.

 

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