“Energy is a common good and must remain so”

Lergy is a vital commodity, guaranteeing an emancipated and fulfilled society. On the strength of this conviction, the social and economic committee (CSE) of EDF and the central social and economic committee of Enedis, alongside 276 local elected officials, are committed to access to a public energy service of quality.

In order for our society to remain fair and equitable and to ensure that all of its fellow citizens have equal access to electricity, we must permanently guarantee accessible and controlled prices while meeting the challenges of the ecological transition.

This expression reflects concerns and expresses urgency. For more than a year, energy prices have been soaring, having a lasting impact on household purchasing power, our public finances and our businesses. Intervening in a context already marked by the health crisis, this vertiginous increase makes the absorption capacities very unequal and unacceptable.

Faced with this alarming situation, the question of a return to regulated electricity sales tariffs has never been so topical. Local authorities are among the first to be stifled, with bill increases fluctuating between 30% and 300%.

An aberration

How to pay ? Can we continue to support our local public services and carry out all of our missions? Do we have to choose between repairing a road or building a new school, helping our seniors or crèches for our children? We can no longer simply wonder, we must act and obtain answers because, every day, the consequences of soaring energy prices, we see them and experience them concretely.

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Since the Covid-19 epidemic, the municipal base has been on the front line in the face of health, economic and now energy crises, and we have never stopped mobilizing to support and protect our fellow citizens.

While the geopolitical context had a direct impact on energy prices, the effects of the rise in gas prices on market prices in France did not wait for the war. They are the consequence of the functioning of the market, where the electricity price is calculated from the price of gas and the ton of CO2. An aberration when you know that electricity is produced in France, mostly by EDF, without even using gas or CO2.

Opportunistic resale, abusive canvassing

Opening up to competition at European Union level should strengthen consumer rights and industrial innovation. However, the energy sector has not enjoyed such success, with the emergence of suppliers opting for the opportunistic resale of the electricity produced by EDF through the regulated access mechanism to nuclear electricity history (Arenh) without investing in production, practicing abusive canvassing and deceptive commercial practices, relocating all of its “customer” platforms abroad. According to these same illogical principles, the regulated sales tariffs (TRV) are artificially increased so that these electricity traders can compete with EDF.

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