As a tense winter approaches, it is time for the government to take stock of the “energy situation”. Prime Minister Élisabeth Borne will hold a press conference on the subject this Wednesday at 3:30 pm, along with Economy Ministers Bruno Le Maire and Energy Transition Ministers Agnès Pannier-Runacher.
Elisabeth Borne will talk about the country’s supply scenarios, after the forecasts, presented on the same day, by the electricity and gas transmission operators (TEN and GRTgaz), as well as the future of the tariff shield and energy “sobriety”. For several weeks now Bruno Le Maire has been giving some indications for preparing the spirits. Let’s take stock of what should be announced.
Gas and electricity: a softened form of “tariff shield”
Entered into force in November 2021, the tariff shield, which froze the increase in gas and electricity at 4% over the year 2022, has been regularly extended and must expire on 31 December. With the expiry of this shield we must expect increases in the bill, warned Bruno Le Maire, who adds that the state will go ahead ” to protect our compatriots from rising energy prices and that promises contained growth.
As indicated by the Minister of Public Accounts Gabriel Attal, Bruno Le Maire confirmed that all French people will continue to benefit from it also in 2023 an attenuated form of “tariff shield” on gas and electricity prices. ” We will keep a shield.
It is essential that gas and electricity prices are accessible to all “, He insisted CNews this Wednesday morning.
According to the government, without this protection, bills in January 2023 would have increased by 120 euros per month for electricity and 180 euros per month for gas. This suggests that the increases will be lower than these figures. According to several specialists, it should be between 10 and 20%.
No specific help for the more modest, apart from energy control
” There will be an increase for all in the price of gas and electricity, which will be as low as possible, to the extent that our public finances allow it. “, said the Minister of Economy. No specific aid for the more modest families, who will continue to benefit from the energy check.
This device, intended to mitigate the shock of energy inflation for the most modest families, is now perceived by “six million people” and its amount reaches an average of 150 euros. The government plans to expand it. ” Will the parliamentarians decide that it must affect more than 6 million people, that we need to go a little further? It will be part of the discussion with parliamentarians when examining the budget “, Anticipated the number 2 of the government, which has only a relative majority in the National Assembly.
The supply scenarios by country
This Wednesday, at 10am, RTE will present its vision of France’s energy security for the transition to winter 2022/2023, while gas transmission network operator GRTGaz will present its winter gas supply forecast scenario. .
All voluntary savings efforts and eco-gestures that may be required of individuals, communities and companies to avoid system overheating will be discussed. For example, by lowering consumption at key moments, such as in the morning and at the end of the day, to reduce consumption “peaks”.
” There is no risk of blackout, or the occurrence of an episode that would cause the collapse of the entire energy system “, Assured the Minister of Energy Transition Agnès Pannier-Runacher. ” We have a number of levers “and in” last resort “,” a continuity plan is drawn up in the event of insufficient electricity supply, with measures such as clearing the load “, Developed the minister.
These power outages, targeted and organized in advance, are part of a panoply of measures aimed at avoiding blackouts, i.e. generalized and uncontrolled blackouts.
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