The Prime Minister announced the establishment of a price shield that limits price increases to 15% in 2023, as well as exceptional energy controls for 12 million low-income households.
As France prepares for a dangerous energy winter, Prime Minister Élisabeth Borne held a press conference on Wednesday afternoon.on the energy situationfrom France. Accompanied by Economy Ministers, Bruno Le Maire, and Energy Transition, Agnès Pannier-Runacher, she detailed the highly anticipated new tariff shield schemes for 2023. Here’s what to remember from the announcements.
A tariff shield that limits the price increases to 15% in 2023
Faced with still high energy prices, Elisabeth Borne announces the extension of the tariff shield for gas and electricity. In concrete terms, the increase in gas prices will be limited to 15% from January 2023 and for the year, i.e. an increase of 25 euros per month and per household instead of 200 euros.
As for the increase in electricity prices, it will be 15% from February, or 20 euros instead of 180 euros, according to data cited by Elisabeth Borne. According to Bercy’s estimates, the tariff shield will cost 16 billion euros.net“in 2023, for a gross cost of 45 billion euros,”from which we subtract the market mechanism“Says Bruno Le Maire. “To be precise, it will cost 11 billion euros for gas and 5 billion for electricity“, Detailed the minister.
Recall that in 2022 the increase in electricity prices for private individuals had been blocked by the government at 4% and gas prices frozen at the level of October 2021.
Of the “exceptional energy good»For 12 million low-income families
Elisabeth Borne announced a “specific support for the more modest“, which will take the form of”exceptional energy vouchers paid by the end of the year“. This help”it will concern the poorest 12 million families and will range from 100 to 200 euros depending on income“, Completed the Prime Minister. According to Bercy, this measure represents a cost of 1.8 billion euros.
Companies will continue to be helped
Bruno Le Maire also indicated that companies will continue to be supported in the face of soaring energy prices. On the one hand, the 1.5 million SMEs with a turnover of less than 1 million euros and employing less than 15 employees “will continue to benefit from access to regulated tariffsenergy, indicated the Minister of Economy.
For the largest 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 turnover and who have seen their earnings fall in the one month course.
Finally, aid to energy-intensive companies must be reviewed, which can reach up to 50 million euros “from top to bottom“, According to Bruno Le Maire. “We are in discussion with the European Commission and we hope they will be concluded by the end of 2022.“, He added.
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A communication campaign on eco-gestures was launched on 10 October
Agnès Pannier-Runacher, Minister for Energy Transition, announced the launch on 10 October of a communication campaign on eco-gestures. Called “Every gesture counts”, it will be used to “to sensitize the French on the most effective actions to reduce consumption“, Specified the Minister of Energy Transition. The government has also asked energy suppliers to do soadhere to this sobriety approach in their communication“Said the minister.
To raise awareness and inform consumers, the operator of the electricity transmission network RTE already relies on its Ecowatt tool. Accessible from the monecowatt.fr site, 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 a consumption level. Green means that the power consumption is “normal“, orange that the electrical system is”tense“, it’s red “elaborated», At risk of cuts. A gas-like device is also expected to launch in October.
“If everyone assumes their responsibilities, there will be no cutselectricity, the Prime Minister insisted. The government focuses on energy sobriety, both for individuals and for businesses, and has set the goal of reducing energy consumption by 10% in two years. But faced with the necessary reduction in energy consumption this winter, Agnès Pannier-Runacher insists that “we will never ask the French for efforts in a situation of energy poverty“.”We ask the big players, including the state, to play their part ”.
The government has no coercive measures for all of this and is counting on companies to make efforts at sobriety. “We will not ask to stop the production lines to reduce consumption“, Insists the Minister of Energy Transition. In any case, the sobriety plans on which the State is working on the one hand, and the companies on the other will be presented “early October“Announced Agnès Pannier-Runacher.
When asked about the possibility of turning off the advertising screens, the Minister for Energy Transition confirmed that the government had the power to “order the extinction of all advertising screens (…) in the event of voltage on the electrical system“. Self “the actors get ready“. Agnès Pannier-Runacher has nevertheless issued”a shock absorber“:” vssome screens turn off with a manual action“He stressed, making this device inoperative for all screens. By 21 September, a decree on luminous announcements intends to harmonize the regulations in force which already largely provide for their extinction starting at one in the morning, but which now differ according to the size of the agglomerations.
European solidarity also appears essential, the government stressed. According to Elisabeth Borne,only European sobriety and solidarity will allow us to avoid cuts and rationing in the most pessimistic scenarios, such as a particularly cold winter and supply problems“.
EDF has ordered to respect its schedule
On nuclear power, the government will beto ensure that EDF complies with its program 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 for maintenance or corrosion problems. They were supposed to restart electricity production during the winter, EDF management announced Wednesday.
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