New tariff indexes come into effect as of this Wednesday (15). Distributor serves around 4 million consumer units in Rio de Janeiro. The board of the National Electric Energy Agency (Aneel) approved this Tuesday (14) an average readjustment of 7% in the energy tariff charged to Light customers, a distributor that serves around 4 million consumer units in Rio de Janeiro. The percentage of 7%, however, is an average considering all types of consumers. By type of consumer, Light’s average readjustment will be: 6.03% for consumers connected to high voltage, such as large companies; 7.47% for consumers connected at low voltage, such as small businesses, except for residential consumers; 7.40% for residential consumers. The new tariff indexes come into effect as of this Wednesday (15). Light is a concessionaire affected by so-called non-technical losses, that is, by energy theft, popularly known as “gatos”. These “cats” end up impacting the tariff of other consumers. How the readjustment works The tariff readjustment of energy distributors takes place annually, normally on the anniversary date of each company’s contract, with the exception of when there is a “periodic tariff review”. The readjustment is calculated taking into account inflation and the costs of purchasing, transmission and distribution of energy, which vary according to each distributor, in addition to sector charges (the subsidies that are paid via the electricity bill). Any tax credits that the concessionaire may be entitled to are also considered, as well as other measures that may mitigate the value of the readjustment. Enel RJ The agency will still vote this Tuesday on the readjustment of Enel RJ, a distributor that also serves the state of Rio de Janeiro.