With a stressful winter approaching, it is time for the government to take stock “of the energy situation”. The Prime Minister Élisabeth Borne will hold a press conference on the subject this Wednesday at 3:30 pm, together with the Ministers of the Economy Bruno Le Maire and of the Energy Transition Agnès Pannier-Runacher.
Elisabeth Borne discussed the country’s supply scenarios, after the forecasts, presented on the same day, of the electricity and gas transmission managers (RTE and GRTgaz), as well as the future of the tariff shield and energy “sobriety “. For several weeks, Bruno Le Maire has already given some signs to prepare the spirits. Let’s take a look at what needs to be announced.
Gas and electricity: an attenuated form of “tariff shield”
Entering into force in November 2021, the tariff shield, which freezes the increase of gas and electricity at 4% in the year 2022, is always extended and must expire on December 31. Upon the expiration of this shield, must we can expect an increase in the bill, warned Bruno Le Maire, who added that the State will continue ” to protect our countrymen against rising energy prices and that promises a restrained development.
As indicated by the Minister of Public Accounts Gabriel Attal, Bruno Le Maire confirmed that all French people will continue to benefit in 2023 an attenuated form of “tariff shield” on gas and electricity prices. ” We will maintain a shield.
It is important to have gas and electricity prices that work for everyone “, he insisted CNews this Wednesday morning.
According to the government, without this protection, the bills in January 2023 will increase to 120 euros per month for electricity and 180 euros per month for gas. This suggests that the increases will be lower than these numbers. According to many specialists, it should be between 10 and 20%.
There is no specific help for the most moderate, except for the energy check
” There will be an increase for everyone in the price of gas and electricity, which can be contained as much as possible, to the extent that our public finances will allow. “, said the Minister of Economy. There is no specific help for the most modest households, which will continue to benefit from the energy audit.
This tool, which is intended to reduce the shock of energy inflation for the most modest households, is now known to “six million people” and its value reaches an average of 150 euros. The government plans to expand it. ” Will the parliamentarians decide that it should affect more than 6 million people, that we should go ahead? This will be part of the discussion with the parliamentarians when the budget is reviewed “, improved the number 2 of the government, with a relative majority in the National Assembly.
The Country’s Supply Situations
This Wednesday, at 10 am, RTE will release the French energy security vision for the winter transition 2022/2023, while the gas transmission network operator GRTGaz will present the supply forecast scenario of gas in the winter.
Discuss all the voluntary conservation efforts and eco-gestures that individuals, communities and businesses may need to avoid overheating the system. For example, by reducing consumption at key times, such as in the morning and at the end of the day, to reduce consumption “peaks”.
” There is no risk of a blackout, ie the occurrence of an episode that can cause the collapse of the entire energy system “, assured the Minister of Energy Transition Agnès Pannier-Runacher. ” We have a series of levers “and on” last resort », « a continuity plan is prepared in case of insufficient electricity supply, with measures such as load shedding “, developed the minister.
These power cuts, targeted and organized in advance, are part of a panoply of measures intended to prevent blackouts, ie generalized and uncontrolled blackouts.
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