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Electricity: the increase in the transmission tariff in August will save consumers

The tariff which remunerates the current distributor Enedis must increase by 2.26% in August, according to a deliberation of the Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE) published Monday, but this will be painless for consumers, underlines the government.

“The tariff for the use of public electricity distribution networks (TURPE HTA-BT) changes on August 1, 2022 by + 2.26%”, writes the CRE. This increase results from the consideration of several parameters, in particular inflation (1.50%).

The tariff for the use of public electricity transmission networks, which remunerates RTE for its part, will for its part remain stable (-0.01%). The increase announced by CRE on Tuesday will not affect individuals and small professionals, protected by the tariff shield put in place by the government, the Ministry of Energy Transition said on Tuesday.

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An increase that “does not change anything for the consumer”

The government had undertaken to limit the rise in electricity bills to 4% this year, a measure which will moreover cost more than expected. “The tariff shield is maintained” and the CRE’s announcement “does not change anything for the consumer”, we insisted while the public authorities have made inflation control their priority.

Although it appears on electricity bills, the tariff for using the public electricity network (TURPE) is actually paid by the electricity suppliers to Enedis and RTE.

The National Association of Consumers and Users (CLCV) had previously warned that the tariff shield for this year could only be a “mirage”, with a probable tariff catch-up of +8% next year on the ‘electricity. “Such a catch-up is very likely to induce a stratospheric rise in the price of electricity at the beginning of 2023”, worried in a press release the association for the defense of consumers, which based its fears on a recent deliberation of the Energy Regulation Commission (CRE).

“In 2023, we want to continue to protect the French against the increase in the prices of electricity and gas”, had for his part assured the Minister of the Economy, Bruno Le Maire, considering that it is however too early. to elaborate on this. The latter indicated that protective measures against soaring energy prices will be included in the next finance law. In the meantime, the freeze on gas prices and the cap on the rise in electricity prices will be maintained until the end of the year.

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