Gas prices: here are the French affected by the 15% increase in 2023!

It is no longer a secret, the wrongdoings of the conflict situation in the East effect throughout Europe. For the coming winter and the following months, the lack of energy should be feared in France. When we talk about energy, we don’t just talk about electricity, but also some gas.

Currently, the price of gas increasing. Fortunately, the French government has limited prices. The tariff shield limits the increase to only 4%. As you can imagine, it doesn’t last forever. Expect to see an increase up to 15% in January 2023.

An increase is limited to 15% for gas

It’s official, gas prices will rise by up to 15%. In any case, it was announced by Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne in a press conference Wednesday September 14.

The head of government is formal an increase limited to 15%. Always his words, it will represent an increase of 25 euros per month for the French.

“In the most likely scenarios, if everyone takes responsibility, there will be no cuts. We will not have to activate the rationing device,” urged the Prime Minister.

At the very least, encouraging, in terms of electricity, is unlikely to be cut. So, for winter, There is nothing to fear. Finally, in return, the government invites every citizen to adopt an attitude of kindness.

Emmanuel Macron has already proposed the ideal temperature for indoor heating. As a reminder, the best temperature is 19 °C.

“The most effective thing to do is to try to lock a heating reference, when it starts to get cold, about 19 ° C in the room, to maintain the temperature of the environment”, as explained the President of Republic during a press conference on September 5.

Why did the price of gas increase?

Across Europe, there is strong inflation in natural gas prices. On March 8, 2022, the price per megawatt-hour reached an all-time high. The TTF rating, the Dutch benchmark in Europe, has reached 345 euros per megawatt hour. Remember that before the health and geopolitical crisis, the price per megawatt hour is 127 euros.

According to the Optima Energie website:

“This represents an increase of almost 140%! »

This situation was the first consequence of the land conflict in Europe. You should know that this explosion started at the beginning of the year. However, in France, gas prices do not seem to be rising.

Inflation has not yet reached French households, because the government introduced a tariff shield in the price of energy. In addition, prices have fallen slightly over the past month.

The price fell below the 200 euro mark per megawatt hour. Monday, September 12, the price shown is 191.50 euros. However, beware, because the tariff shield will disappear one day or the other.

When will the price go up?

The Prime Minister, Elisabeth Borne, has already announced it, there will be an increase of up to 15% in the price of gas. Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire said that this increase will begin in 2023.

Bruno Le Maire added that the French state is not the only one to support rising gas prices. The French should also, according to him, participate. The tenant of Bercy, which aims to remove the tariff shield.

In fact, this shield established by the executive means the State loss payment gas suppliers. In addition, the regulated sales tariff (TRV) is no longer applicable since the Energy and Climate law was adopted in 2019.

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This means that those who benefit from Engie’s contract will soon change their contract. When exactly? Contracts will be valid until June 30, 2023.

The evolution of gas prices in 2021

Since last year, the price of gas started to burn. For households that use gas for cooking and heating, last year’s price increase was just one expense in the family budget.

As a result of gas prices on the international market, French consumers are suffering unprecedented rise. The Energy Regulation Commission (CRE) has summarized the increases made by Engie in recent months.

Here are the numbers:

  • July 2021: +10%
  • August 2021: +5%
  • September 2021: +8.7%
  • October 2021: +12.6%
  • November 2021: +15%

In general, between July and November 2021, the increase reached more than 50%. Fortunately, in 2022, the government at that time put a price shield that set the price of gas at the level of the regulated rate in October 2021.

“We put a shield on the tariff. Concretely, next winter, the price of gas will not exceed the level of October 2021,” said former Prime Minister Jean Castex.

Gas stocks: is France safe?

All these gas shortages started when the Kremlin decided that limit its export to Europe. If this supply were completely cut off, what would happen to France?

Do not panic, according to Le Parisien, after Italy, France is the second in terms of gas reserves. According to the daily newspaper, we have 3 LNG terminals.

That is, to:

  • Montoir-de-Bretagne (Loire-Atlantique)
  • Fos-sur-Mer (Bouches-du-Rhone)
  • Dunkirk (North)

These are facilities for the regasification of liquefied natural gas. These stations will enable France to import liquefied gas from Norway (36%) and theAlgeria (8%). WHAT make up 44% import of gas to France.

In addition, 40% of European gas is imported from the large country. On the contrary, Only 17% go to France. Therefore, in the worst case scenario, if there are no more exports, France will not be the first victim.

To ensure you, Gas reserves in France currently may last until the end of winter. Remember, gas suppliers in France have to hold gas stocks for several months.

The price of gas can change, but the State assures that nothing will happen cut during this winter. In addition, in relation to this situation in 2023, the government plans to offer unique energy audits to the most modest households.

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