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Gas prices: this controversial state letter – Economy

The consequences of the war in Ukraine are being felt in the oil, electricity and also gas markets, the price of which rose from €20 per MWh in March 2021 to more than €100 in March 2022. In this context inflationary, the government had blocked the regulated gas sales tariff (TRV) in September and its spokesperson Gabriel Attal confirmed on Wednesday that this tariff shield would be extended until the end of 2022, via a finance law correction this summer.

Despite this recourse to TRV to protect? the purchasing power of households, which does not exist for domestic fuel, the bill for which doubled this winter, the State will continue to recommend that they… abandon it! The Ministry of Ecological Transition will indeed send, between May 15 and June 15, a letter to the 2.8 million households still subscribed to the TRV (out of nearly 11 million using gas) to suggest that they leave their contract. and subscribe to a market offer.

Soaring bills

This is the second shipment of this type, a provision made mandatory by the law of November 8, 2019, which decided to abolish the TRV on June 30, 2023. But it is a “very unwelcome communication in a context where the energy markets are heckled to say the least and where a very problematic contractual instability has set in on market offers”, reacts the consumer protection association. CLCV (Consumption Housing Living environment).

Because, with inflation, appeals are flooding in concerning bills that fly away and changes to clauses. This is the case of Romain, whose prices for his operator Planète Oui (taken over after bankruptcy by Mint Énergie) increased by more than 50% between November and February, although his contract is indexed to the TRVs blocked by decree. “Planète Oui sent me a closing invoice of €1,887 for less than 4 months, with largely overestimated consumption, including a peak of 4,691 kWh for the month of January 2022”, he complains.

The CLCV recommends ignoring the mail

This is also the case of Gilles (the first name has been changed) in Tours. “We had the very painful surprise of receiving a termination invoice of €753.95 on February 24,” he wrote. This invoice highlights three successive price changes of which we were never informed and which we never accepted, contrary to what the law provides. »

Consequently, “we recommend ignoring mail and maintaining the subscription at the regulated gas rate,” says François Carlier, general delegate of the CLCV. It is the only contract that offers unparalleled competitiveness and security for the months to come”. The association intends above all to reopen the debate on the TRV and its scheduled disappearance. The office of? the Minister for the Ecological Transition, Barbara Pompili, did not wish to react.

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