Tariff shield, energy checks… What to remember about Elisabeth Borne’s ads

Tariff shield, energy checks... What to remember about Elisabeth Borne's ads

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 to go through a dangerous energy winter, Prime Minister Élisabeth Borne held a press conference on Wednesday afternoon.about the energy situationfrom France. Accompanied by the Ministers of the Economy, Bruno Le Maire, and of Energy Transition, Agnès Pannier-Runacher, she detailed in particular the long-awaited new guidelines for the tariff shield for 2023. This is what to remember about the announcements.

A tariff shield that limits price increases to 15% in 2023

Faced with still high energy prices, Elisabeth Borne announces the expansion of the gas and electricity tariff shield. Specifically, the increase in the price of gas will be limited to 15% from January 2023 and for the year, that is, 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 figures quoted by Elisabeth Borne. According to Bercy estimates, the tariff shield will cost 16,000 million euros.net” in 2023, for a gross cost of 45,000 million euros, “from where we subtract the market mechanism“says Bruno Le Maire. “To be completely precise, it will cost €11 billion for gas and €5 billion for electricity.“, explained the minister.

As a reminder, in 2022, the government blocked the increase in electricity prices for individuals at 4% and gas prices were frozen at the level of October 2021.

Since “exceptional energy vouchers» for 12 million low-income households

Elisabeth Borne announced a “specific support for the most modest“, which will take the form of”exceptional energy vouchers paid at the end of the year“.this help”it will affect the 12 million poorest households, and will be between 100 and 200 euros depending on income“, completed the prime minister. According to Bercy, this measure represents a cost of 1,800 million euros.

Companies will continue to be helped

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 that invoice less than 1 million euros and that employ less than 15 workers”will continue to benefit from access to regulated ratesof energy, indicated the Minister of Economy.

For larger SMEs, the aid, which can now reach 2 million euros, will be extended, as of October 1, to all those whose energy bill represents at least 3% of their turnover and who have seen a fall your income over the course of a month.

Finally, we must review the aid for energy-intensive companies, which can reach up to 50 million euros”from top to bottom“, according to Bruno Le Maire. “We are in talks with the European Commission and we hope that they 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 “make the French aware of the most effective actions to reduce their consumption“, specified the Minister of Energy Transition. The government has also asked energy providers tosubscribe to this sober approach in your communication“said the minister.

To educate and inform consumers, the electricity transmission network operator RTE already relies 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 a level of consumption. Green, which means that the energy consumption is “normal“orange that is the electrical system”weather“, And red “excited», with risk of cuts. A similar device with gas should also be released in October.

avoid cuts

If everyone assumes their responsibilities, there will be no cutsof electricity, insisted the Prime Minister. The government is committed to energy sobriety, both for individuals and companies, and has set itself 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 call on the big players, including the State, to do their part.”

The government plans no enforcement measures for all of that and counts on companies to make sobriety efforts. “We will not ask to stop the production lines to reduce consumption“Insists the Minister of Energy Transition. The sobriety plans that the State is working on 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 the advertising screens, the Minister of Energy Transition confirmed that the government had the power to “order the extinction of all advertising screens (…) in case of tension in the electrical system“. Either “the actors prepare for it“. However, Agnès Pannier-Runacher issued “a damper” : “vssome screens turn off with a manual action“, he stressed, making this device inoperative for all screens. By September 21, a decree on illuminated advertisements aims to harmonize existing regulations that already largely require their extinction after 1 a.m., but now differ according to the size of the crowds.

European solidarity also seems essential, the government stressed. According to Elisabeth Borne,only sobriety and European solidarity will allow us to avoid cuts and rationing in the most pessimistic scenarios, such as a particularly cold winter and supply problems“.

EDF ordered to respect its schedule

Regarding nuclear power, the government will beattentive to EDF respecting its schedule for restarting its nuclear reactors“said the prime minister. Today, approximately half of the nuclear reactors in the French fleet (26 out of 56) are stopped due to maintenance work or corrosion problems. They should have restarted their electricity production during the winter, EDF management announced on Wednesday.


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