The Ministry for Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge has opened up to evaluate the “viability with maximum guarantees” of the proposal presented by United We Can to lower the electricity bill by limiting the price of nuclear and hydraulic power by decree law, and that it considers that the plan of its government partner “suffers from an analysis on its compatibility with community regulations.”
Cabinet sources led by Teresa Ribera indicated that the Ministry ” appreciates all the suggestions and studies them with the utmost respect , as it will with the proposal submitted by the ministries of Social Rights and the 2030 Agenda and Consumer Affairs.”
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In this sense, they also recalled that the Government has been working since June 2018, “giving priority to consumers and respecting the community legal framework . ”
United Podemos has proposed to the PSOE to limit the price of nuclear and hydroelectric to lower the electricity bill, a measure that in its opinion the Government could undertake by decree law and thus ensure that citizens would benefit in the short term.
The idea has already been raised in the Government by the Minister of Social Rights and secretary general of Podemos , Ione Belarra , and by the head of Consumption and coordinator of Izquierda Unida ( IU ), Alberto Garzón . The proposal is already in the hands of the Ministry for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge directed by Teresa Ribera.
The objective of United We Can, according to sources in the training, is to achieve that the electricity bill goes down immediately and thus address the extreme situation that Spain is experiencing with the all-time highs in recent weeks.
Savings of between 1,500 and 3,200 million
For this reason, they advocate undertaking this reform of the electricity market through a decree law that could come into force in a very short period of time and achieve savings of between 1,500 and 3,200 million euros a year for citizens, according to calculations contributed by United We Can.
Specifically, they propose to establish a fixed price for nuclear energy, as France already does . In this way, traders will be able to purchase nuclear energy at this reference price and consumers will be protected against increases in the costs of other technologies that, with the current system, are transferred to nuclear energy in the form of so-called ‘fallen profits. from the sky’.
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And secondly, they want to put a maximum price for hydroelectric energy through a system similar to that currently used for some renewable energies . Thus, when the price of other energies, such as gas, is very high, it will not be able to increase the price of other cheaper energies such as hydroelectricity.
According to his plan, the prices of both types of energy would be set through an audit of generation costs, a task that would be in charge of the National Commission of Markets and Competition (CNMC).
In his opinion, the fall in prices in the regulated market would automatically cause a drag effect on the free market, so that all consumers would benefit from significant drops in the price of electricity.
United We can ensure that these reforms are in line with European regulation and, at the same time, will allow the necessary reduction in the price of the electricity bill, which they see as “increasingly urgent” after the record prices of recent weeks .