Consommation. Tarif du gaz : une association conseille de ne pas écouter l’État

Consommation. Tarif du gaz : une association conseille de ne pas écouter l’État

In short, this means: do not listen to the advice of the State! Coming from a consumer association, this is surprising. The association Consumption Housing Living Environment (CLCV) indicates from the home page of its website that “encouraging consumers to leave regulated gas prices is a very bad idea for the State…”

The services of the Ministries of the Economy and Ecological Transition must send, from this Monday, to the people concerned by these tariffs (i.e. approximately 2.8 million households in France) a letter encouraging them to terminate their contract and to switch to “market offer” contracts. At the end of 2017, the Council of State had in fact ruled that the regulated sales tariffs (TRV) for gas were contrary to European Community law and that France should enter fully into energy market offers. Since November 2019 and the Energy-Climate law, it is no longer possible to subscribe to a TRV. Those who benefit from it have until June 2023 to change it and subscribe to another gas supplier.

“A very unwelcome communication”

What the consumer defense association criticizes this missive from the State is therefore not so much to enforce the law, as to have chosen a very bad time to do so. “We believe that this communication is very unwelcome in a context where the energy markets are heckled to say the least and where a very problematic contractual instability has arisen on market offers”, says the CLCV, in its press release.

The war in Ukraine, the increasingly strong threats of no longer supplying Europe with hydrocarbons from the Kremlin and finally the supply difficulties linked to maritime freight still impacted by the consequences of the Covid-19 crisis are not conducive to offering consumers stable and cheap energy prices. “In the current energy chaos, the regulated tariff is the only one which is certainly linked to the tariff shield* and therefore offers unrivaled competitiveness and security for the months to come”, resumes the press release from the CLCV.

The consumer defense association takes the opportunity to demand a “big debate on the scheduled end of the TRV… [sans lui, l’association] does not understand how the state can do to maintain the energy shield, as the re-elected president promised to do, during the debate between two rounds…”

*Without the price shield, regulated gas and electricity prices would have increased by 44.5%, according to the Energy Regulation Commission.

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