GAS PRICE. The Minister of Economy Bruno Le Maire has confirmed a slight increase in gas prices from 2023.
[Mis à jour le 12 septembre 2022 à 15h05] France recently suffered an unprecedented spike in energy prices. A critical situation which prompted the government to act by setting up a tariff shield, which will be extended, otherwise electricity prices would have increased by 120 euros per month, and 180 euros for gas according to the statements of the Minister of the Economy Bruno Le Maire. Precisely, the tenant of Bercy was the guest of LCI this Monday, September 12 to express himself on this increase in the cost of energy, and the direct effect that it should have on the wallet of the French: « when you have a gas price that takes 100, 110, 150% in a few months, it would be completely irresponsible to impose the burden of this increase only on the state budget. Bruno Le Maire confirmed that a slight increase would take place in 2023, despite all the aid measures put in place by the executive: « our compatriots must absorb a small part of this increase. It will be a contained increase, reasonable, compared to spectacular numbers. »
“It would be completely irresponsible to place the burden of these increases solely on the State budget. There will still be on January 1, 2023”, for the French, “a contained increase in the prices of gas and electricity « , announcement @BrunoLeMaire at @agindre. pic.twitter.com/BxFgeDG4pg
— LCI (@LCI) September 12, 2022
The price of natural gas in Europe is soaring. The TTF rating, the Dutch reference in Europe, even reached an all-time high, 345 euros per megawatt hour, Tuesday, March 8, 2022. It has since fallen but remains well above the usual standards. This is the first visible consequence of the war in Ukraine. So, is there a real risk of rising prices in France? For now, not really thanks to the introduction of the tariff shield by the executive. Purchases of energy products could be spared, there should not be a shortage either in France.
However, the Minister of the Economy Bruno Le Maire officially announced that the price of gas would increase, admittedly in a controlled manner, but still increase from the start of 2023 despite the extension of the tariff shield. According to the tenant of Bercy, it is not only up to the State to bear the soaring gas prices, the French must also take a small share.
The consumer is facing a veritable spike in gas prices in recent months. For households using gas as a means of cooking, but also for heating, the successive increases will seriously affect the end-of-year budget. The Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE) has indeed announced a mess of increases in recent months, these increases affecting the regulated gas prices charged by Engie. They act indirectly on market prices. We summarize what has happened in recent months:
- +10% in July 2021
- +5% in August 2021
- +8.7% in September 2021
- +12.6% in October 2021
- +15% announced on November 1, 2021.
In France, there is no reason to worry, for the time being. First, with Italy, France is the best European student in terms of gas storage according to Le Parisien. This greatly protects us, initially, from the risk of lack of supply and variations in supply. Secondly, France has three LNG terminals: Montoir-de-Bretagne (Loire-Atlantique), Fos-sur-Mer (Bouches-du-Rhône) and Dunkirk (North). A considerable advantage which should make it possible to supply French customers with peace of mind in the coming weeks.
Remember that in France, suppliers are required to store gas for several months, in layers. And that’s good news, the French tablecloths are almost full. This covers 1/4 of the annual consumption. The difficulty will be to restock them at the end of winter. Otherwise, major difficulties are to be expected for next winter.
Today, 40% of European gas is imported from Russia. Be careful, however, only 17% of French gas comes from Russia, there is the big difference with ultra-dependent countries like Germany. Across the Rhine, our neighbors are dependent from 55% to 60% towards the Russia in terms of gas imports. Also, the pipeline North Stream 2 has just been completed between Russia and Germany. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has already suspended the authorization for this gas pipeline. Germany finds itself trapped, and could be in great difficulty in the event of a cold snap.
If Russia decides to no longer supply France with gas, France will still have the possibility of supplying itself with Norway (36% gas imported into France) or Algeria (8% gas imported into France), France’s other gas trading partners. Please note that these countries have much more limited supply capacities than Russia. This import of liquefied gas from Norway and Algeria remains, today, the most serious and interesting track if Russia were to stop supplying Europe.
Are you still dependent on regulated gas prices? This price increase is not the only reason to look elsewhere! Since the Energy and Climate law adopted in 2019, regulated tariffs are gradually disappearing. Engie has ceased to market new contracts at regulated sales tariffs (TRV), since November 2019, which means that you will soon change your contract. If you have an Engie contract, don’t panic. It remains valid until June 30, 2023. In this context of crisis, are you studying the possibility of changing your energy supplier more seriously? Consult our dedicated file without further delay:
Be careful, however, since if you have not changed your contract yourself, you will see your contract automatically switch to a market offer from Engie, from July 1, 2023. If you change provider, find out on the website of the national energy ombudsman, herewhich offers a comparator of offers to find the formula that meets your consumption needs.
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