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With a tense winter approaching, it is time for the government to take stock of “the energy situation”. Prime Minister Élisabeth Borne will offer a press conference on the subject this Wednesday at 3:30 p.m., together with the Ministers of Economy Bruno Le Maire and Energy Transition Minister Agnès Pannier-Runacher.
Elisabeth Borne will discuss the country’s supply scenarios, following the forecasts presented on the same day by the electricity and gas transport 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 indications to prepare the liqueurs. We take stock of what should be advertised.
Gas and electricity: an attenuated form of “rate shield”
With entry into force in November 2021, the tariff shield, which froze the increase in gas and electricity by 4% during the year 2022, has been periodically extended and must end on December 31. With the expiration of this shield, we must expect increases in the bill, warned Bruno Le Maire, who adds that the State will continue ” to protect our compatriots against rising energy prices and that promises a content increase.
As indicated by the Minister of Public Accounts Gabriel Attal, Bruno Le Maire confirmed that all French people would continue to benefit in 2023 a toned-down form of “tariff shield” on gas and electricity prices. ” We’ll 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, the bills for 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 less than these figures. According to several specialists, It should be between 10 and 20%.
No specific aid for the most modest, apart from the energy check
” There will be a rise for everyone in the price of gas and electricity, which will be as contained as possible, to the extent that our public finances allow it. “, said the Minister of Economy. Without specific aid for the most modest households, which will continue to benefit from the energy check.
This device, intended to mitigate the shock of energy inflation for the most modest households, is now received 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 has to affect more than 6 million people, that we have to go a little further? It will be part of the discussion with parliamentarians when the budget is examined. “, advanced the number 2 of the government, which only has a relative majority in the National Assembly.
The supply scenarios of the country
This Wednesday, at 10:00 a.m., RTE will display its vision of France’s energy security for the transition to winter 2022/2023, while the gas transmission network operator GRTGaz will present its gas supply forecast scenario in winter .
All the voluntary saving efforts and eco-gestures that may be required of people, communities and companies to avoid overheating of the system will be discussed. For example, lowering 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, that is, an episode that causes the collapse of the entire energy system. “, assured the Minister of Energy Transition Agnès Pannier-Runacher. ” We have a series of levers ” and in ” last resource », « a continuity plan is drawn up in case of insufficient electricity supply, with measures such as load shedding “, developed the minister.
These power cuts, directed and organized in advance, are part of a panoply of measures aimed at avoiding blackouts, that is, widespread and uncontrolled blackouts.
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