The chairman of the Energy Agency (ERSE), Maria Cristina Portugal, said in Lisbon on Tuesday that "there will be news in early 2019" about social taxes on bottled gas.
On the side of the Portuguese Federation of Natural Gas Company's annual meeting, the official stated that the evaluation work was ongoing and noted that bottleneck problems were "later competence" for the regulator.
In June, the State Secretary for Energy Jorge Seguro Sanches announced in Parliament that social taxes for gas to bottles would still be true in 2018.
"We are working with the municipalities so that the solidarity rate is a reality this year. There are several companies that have already shown interest in participating, they are available to support the solidarity rate, something that we will concretize this year, indeed," confirmed ruler, in parliament, as a result of Social Democrat alternate Hugo Costa.
The idea of creating a social duty for bottled gas in the country, similar to what is currently available for economically exposed consumers of electricity and natural gas, was launched by PS in September 2017 after the price differential relative to natural gas and to Spain.
In October 2017, the Danish Secretary of State for Energy announced that the social gas bottle dedicated to economically vulnerable families would continue this year through a pilot project in collaboration with the Spanish oil company Cepsa.
This solidarity gas distribution network must be equated with local authorities, that is, it must be projected outside the traditional distribution network, while the distribution criteria should equal the social security contributions for electricity and natural gas, currently benefiting from approximately 840,000 families.
At the end of May, Cepsa said it was waiting for the government's approval to begin with the pilot of the social gas bottle, but expects the operation to go on this year at a price that will be around 18 euros per bottle.