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Brussels introduces progressive electricity tariffs
By 2018, the Brussels-Capital Region will introduce progressive tariffs for electricity. Under the system, energy companies invoice a more expensive price per kilowatt hour to customers who consume more, and a lower rate to customers who consume less. Currently it is the other way around, with large consumers paying a lower rate. Under the progressive tariff system, smaller consumers would benifit greatly.
Brussels Environment Minister Evelyne Huytebroeck (pictured) calls the old system "socially unjust". "Generally, families with higher incomes consume more than families with low income," she says. "Moreover, this principle does not encourage energy conservation."
According to Huytebroeck, 60 to 70 percent of Brussels residents will pay less for electricity under the new system.