Following last week’s Supreme Court ruling, the Macri administration instructed gas distributing companies today to backpedal on the gas increases that had been applied to private residences. Prices will thus officially go back to the March rates, before the government implemented the universally-criticized hikes.
In two different resolutions published in the Official Bulletin today, the entity in charge of regulating gas in the country (ENARGAS) established the mechanism to return consumers what they paid as a result of the increases between May and August, and instrumented a payment plan for those who didn’t pay anything ever since.
Here’s how they work:
On the one hand, those who paid bills with price increases between May and August will have what they paid deducted from their future bills until the gas companies settle their debt.
Those who haven’t paid anything, on the other, will have the possibility of settling their debt — what they consumed between May and August but at the March rates — in four monthly installments, along with their future bills.
All of it, predictably, without any interest whatsoever.
Following last week’s Supreme Court ruling suspending gas bill increases for private residences, the Macri administration called for a public hearing to, once again, present its proposal to raise gas prices. This is in accordance with Article 42 of the Constitution, which “foresees the participation of users in public service and republican democracy.”
The hearings will take place on September 16 at 9 AM at the Usina del Arte, in La Boca. Any person or company, public or private, who claims a right has been transgressed or is simply interested will be eligible to attend. Those who want to sign up or learn about the requisites to do so will have to go to ENARGAS’s front desk, located at Suipacha 632, in Microcentro, between 10 AM and 5 PM. There’s time until two days before the hearing.