Gas last resort supply service

What is Gas Last Resort Supply Service?

The Supplier of Last Resort Service is activated by the authorised regional supplier in certain situations where an end customer is without a supplier, while remaining connected to the network and therefore able to continue to consume gas.

In such cases, the supply of gas is assigned to a specific supplier, selected by the Single Buyer through an auction (as in the case of the supplier of last resort FUI), which must then operate in accordance with the provisions of the Authority for Electricity, Gas and the Water System (hereinafter "ARERA"), also with regard to the economic terms to be applied.

 

In particular, the supplier of last resort service can be activated:

 

  • in the case of non-disconnectable supplies left without a supplier for any reason (non-disconnectable supplies are those for public services, as defined in art. 2.3(c) of Annex A of the ARERA Resolution ARG/Gas 64/09 as amended "Integrated Text on the retail sale of natural gas and other gases distributed through urban networks", hereinafter "TIVG");
  • in the case of disconnectable supplies for:
    • domestic customers
    • apartment buildings with domestic use and consumptions not greater than 200,000 scm/year
    • customers with various uses and consumptions not greater than 50,000 scm/year, that are without a supplier for reasons beyond their control (due to administrative termination for reasons other than arrears or in the case of termination of the distribution contract between the previous supplier and the local distributor).

Useful links

ARERA website
Single Buyer website

 

Economic conditions 

The economic conditions provided for the supplier of last resort service differ in relation to the customer supplied. In general, the following prices will be applied:

 

  • for non-disconnectable customers: the rates provided by ARERA for the gas protection service (with a retail sale quota component "QVD" equal to that defined for apartment buildings with domestic use) plus the β parameter defined in the auction phase and the additional INAUI fee for expenses related to arrears referred to in paragraph 31a.4 of the TIVG
  • for domestic customers and apartment buildings with domestic use and annual consumptions of less than 200,000 cubic metres: the rates provided by ARERA for the gas protection service plus the β parameter, starting 6 months after activation of the service
  • for all other customers: the rates provided by ARERA for the gas protection service (with a retail sale quota component "QVD" equal to that defined for apartment buildings with domestic use) plus the β parameter

Billing


The billing of the supplier of last resort service shall be governed by the provisions laid down by ARERA in art. 31 a of the TIVG.Billings starts within three months from entry into the supplier of last resort service and continues on a monthly basis.

You can also read about Default Gas Distribution Service.