Residential Rate T-RE

For residential consumption throughout the distribution system of CNFL SA Residential is understood as the service for room houses or apartments that exclusively serve as accommodation. It does not include cabins and recreation areas, hotels, hospitals, hospices, combined house services, etc., nor apartment buildings served by a single meter.

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They apply as of Thursday, October 01, 2021, published in Scope No. 195 of Gazette No. 187 of September 29, 2021.

(Rate Includes Variable Cost of CVG Generation)

Consumer blocks

Block of 0-30 kWh Fixed Cargo

₡ 1.794,90

Block of 31-200 kWh every kWh

₡ 59,83

Block of 201-300 kWh every kWh

₡ 91,81

Block greater than 300 kWh per additional kWh

₡ 94,91

* The above prices do not include tariff charges for public lighting, variable generation cost for public lighting (CV6), sales tax, or the amount of firefighters.

Tribute to Firefighters

It creates, as a complementary source of income for the operation and sustainable growth of the Costa Rican Fire Department, a tribute equivalent to one point seventy-five percent (1,75%) of the monthly invoicing for electricity consumption paid by each subscriber or direct consumer of electrical energy. The CNFL, as well as all the electricity distribution companies in the country, must collect the Firemen's Tax monthly from December, according to the 8992 law.
The tax of one point seventy five percent (1,75%) will be applied from the first kilowatt hour consumed and up to a maximum of one thousand seven hundred fifty kilowatt hours (1750 kWh). Subscribers whose monthly consumption is equal to or less than one hundred kilowatt hours (100 kWh) will not be subject to the payment of said tax.
Any institution, company, company or similar that provides the electric power supply service will be the agent of perception of this tax. Every collection agent must transfer all of the money collected directly to the Costa Rican Fire Department, at no cost to the latter within the first ten business days for the total amount of tax collected in the previous month, in the media, the form and the conditions established by the Fire Department. This amount excludes the amount paid for sales tax.

Calculation for Clients

- With Residential Rate

Amount Energy (in colones) x 1,75%

- Non-residential with consumption exceeding 1.750 kWh

(Amount of Energy in colones  ÷ total energy consumption) x 1.750 x 1,75%

TRB = (((₡ ⁄kWh) / kWh) * 1 750 kWh) * 1.75%

Public Lighting Cost

This rate must be applied to direct consumers of the Compañía Nacional de Fuerza y Luz, SA in the places, where by contract with the municipalities, take charge of the public lighting.


They apply as of Thursday, October 01, 2021, published in Scope No. 195 of Gazette No. 187 of September 29, 2021.
For every kWh consumed ₡ 3,07

Variable Cost of Generation for Public Lighting (CV6)

They apply as of Thursday, July 01, 2021, published in Scope No. 128 of Gazette No. 125 of June 30, 2021.
For every kWh consumed ₡ 0,00

Variable Generation Cost (CVG)

For the rate modification set as of January 1, 2020, a change is made in the methodology, where it goes from Variable Fuel Cost (CVC) to Variable Generation Cost (CVG).
The CVG is a component of the generation, distribution and public lighting rates that the Public Services Regulatory Authority (Aresep) sets for the Costa Rican Institute of Electricity (ICE) and all distribution companies.
On August 14, 2019, ARESEP through the Energy Administration indicates in official letter OF-0966-IE-2019 that it establishes the procedure to be followed for the correct application of the Variable Generation Cost (CVG) tariff methodology.
In order to obtain the CVG values ​​for each quarter, three variables are taken into account: a) the cost of fuel produced by the generation with thermal sources; b) the amount of the commercialization of net energy in the Regional Electricity Market (MER) and c) the recognition for liquidation of previous periods.

Cost of Value Added Tax (VAT)

It is calculated on 13% of the following items (those that apply according to the rate you have):

Energy, Demand, Variable Cost of Generation (CVG), Variable Cost on Demand (CVD), Provisional Service, Low Power Factor and Loss by Transformation; this depending on the colones billed and applies to all customers.

* Residential customers billing less than 280 kWH per month are exempt.

Contact Information

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    5 Avenue, 1 and 0 Street, Central Offices, San José, Costa Rica

  • Telephone:

    (506) 2295-5000 / Monday to Friday from 7 am to 6 pm

  • Ext:

    10026-1000 San José, Costa Rica

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