The Prime Minister announced the establishment of a price shield that limits price increases to 15% in 2023 as well as exceptional energy assessments for 12 million low-income households.
As France prepares to go through a dangerous energy winter, Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne held a press conference on Wednesday afternoon.in the state of energyfrom France. Together with the Ministers of Economy, Bruno Le Maire, and of Energy Transition, Agnès Pannier-Runacher, he detailed the expected new outlines of the tariff shield for 2023. Here is what to remember from the announcements.
A tariff shield that limits price increases to 15% in 2023
Faced with high energy prices, Elisabeth Borne announced the extension of the tariff shield for gas and electricity. Concretely, the increase in gas prices is limited to 15% from January 2023 and for the year, ie an increase of 25 euros per month and per household rather than 200 euros.
Regarding the increase in electricity prices, it will be 15% from February, or 20 euros rather than 180 euros, according to figures quoted by Elisabeth Borne. According to estimates from Bercy, the tariff shield will cost 16 billion euros.net“in 2023, for a gross cost of 45 billion euros,”where we will withdraw the market mechanism“said Bruno Le Maire. “To be completely precise, it will cost 11 billion euros for gas and 5 billion for electricity“, detailed the minister.
As a reminder, in 2022, the increase in electricity prices for individuals is blocked by the government at 4%, and gas prices are frozen at the level of October 2021.
in”unique energy vouchers» for 12 million low-income households
Elisabeth Borne announced the “specific support for the most moderate“, which takes the form of “unique energy vouchers paid at the end of the year“. This help”will concern 12 million poorest households, and will be 100 to 200 euros depending on income“, finished the Prime Minister. According to Bercy, this measure represents the amount of 1.8 billion euros.
Companies will continue to help
Bruno Le Maire also indicated that companies will continue to be supported in the face of rising energy prices. On the one hand, the 1.5 million SMEs with a turnover of less than 1 million euros and with less than 15 employees “will continue to benefit from access to regulated tariffsof energy, indicated the Minister of Economy.
For large SMEs, the aid, which can now reach 2 million euros, will be extended, from 1 October, to all those whose energy bills represent at least 3% of their turnover and who see their income which fell over the course of a month. .
Finally, aid for strong energy companies, which could be up to 50 million euros, should be reviewed “from top to bottom“, according to Bruno Le Maire. “We are talking to the European Commission, and we hope that it will be completed before the end of 2022.“, he added.
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A communication campaign on eco-gestures launched on October 10
Agnès Pannier-Runacher, Minister for Energy Transition, announced the launch on October 10 of a communication campaign on eco-gestures. Called “Every gesture counts”, it will be used to “let the French know the most effective actions to reduce their consumption“, specified the Minister of Energy Transition. The government also requested energy suppliersto subscribe to this method of decency in their communicationsaid the Minister.
To raise awareness and inform consumers, the electricity transmission network operator RTE is relying on its Ecowatt tool. Accessible from the monecowatt.fr website, it allows the French to know in real time the level of electricity consumption in France. Three colors, green, orange and red, are associated with the level of consumption. Green means that the power consumption is “normally“, orange that the electrical system is “stressed“, and red”done», with the risk of cuts. A similar gas device should also be launched in October.
“If everyone accepts their responsibilities, there will be no cutsof electricity, insisted the Prime Minister. The government is banking on energy sobriety, for individuals and businesses, and has set a target to reduce energy consumption by 10% within two years. But faced with the necessary reduction in energy consumption this winter, Agnès Pannier-Runacher insists on the fact that “we will never ask for efforts from the French in a situation of fuel poverty“. “We call on the major players, including the State, to do its part”.
The government does not plan drastic measures for everyone and relies on companies to make efforts in order. “We are not asking to stop production lines to reduce consumption“, insisted the Minister of Energy Transition. The peace plans in which the state works on the one hand, and the companies on the other, will still be presented “beginning of October“, announced Agnès Pannier-Runacher.
Asked about the possibility of turning off advertising screens, the Energy Transition Minister confirmed that the government has the power to “ordering the extinction of all advertising screens (…) if there is voltage in the electrical system“. even”the actors are preparing for it“. Agnès Pannier-Runacher nevertheless issues “a damper“: “vssome screens are turned off by a manual action“, he underlined, making this device not work for all screens. By September 21, a decree on illuminated advertisements seeks to harmonize the existing rules that require their extinction from 1 am, but now varies according to the size of the agglomerations.
European integration is also important, the government pointed out. According to Elisabeth Borne,European prudence and unity will allow us to avoid cuts and rationing in the most pessimistic scenarios, such as a colder winter and supply problems.“.
EDF ordered to respect its schedule
In nuclear power, the government will beEDF carefully respects its schedule for restarting its nuclear reactors“said the Prime Minister. Today, about half of the nuclear reactors in the French fleet (26 out of 56) are closed due to maintenance or corrosion problems. They should restart their electricity production during the winter, announced in EDF management on Wednesday.
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