Regulated electricity prices are expected to increase from February 1 by 2.4% for individuals and small professionals.
The Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE) proposed this 2.4% increase "for blue residential tariffs" as well as "for blue tariffs applicable to eligible professional consumers". This project was sent to the Higher Energy Council (CSE) for an opinion.
This increase takes into account “the increase in the cost of supply” on the markets, but also “the taking into account of the two-year catch-up of the difference between costs and prices during the 2019 financial year”.
Fares frozen during the Yellow Vests crisis
Last year, in the midst of the yellow vests crisis, the government had indeed delayed and frozen prices during the winter. The sharp increase of 5.9% proposed by CRE in February 2019 was therefore only applied on June 1.
If in principle this increase is to apply on February 1, the government has three months to implement it, enough time to let the municipal elections pass.
Because this increase is far from being neutral for individuals. According to CRE, "this increase represents on average 21 euros per year for a residential consumer".