All the sparks on the increase in electricity and gas bills

All the sparks on the increase in electricity and gas bills

What happens on electricity and gas bills. The italics of Nunzio Ungiusto

Farmers, traders, small industrialists are all furious about rising energy costs . An autumn that starts badly. Families, of course, feel even more harassed.

The optical illusion of the drop in electricity and gas tariffs lasted a few months. From 1 October there are the new ones. "The energy system is gradually resuming the positions it had before the Covid emergency", said the President of Arera, Stefano Besseghini. With the resumption of production activities and the consequent increase in energy demand, there is a foreseeable rise in prices across Europe. A bitter forecast that found the main labor organizations on a war footing.

What is happening? In a nutshell, the electricity bill rises by 15.6%, that of gas + 11.4%. In the weeks of an apparent economic restart, of the resumption of infections, with commercial activities under government protection, the rising cost of electricity and gas is irritating millions of Italians.

For electricity, spending in 2020 for the typical family will be around 485 euros, with a saving of 74 euros over 2019. For gas, 975 euros will be spent with a saving of around 133 euros. These are two indications from Arera which, unfortunately, at three months to the end of the year, have no practical results. Indeed, according to Besseghini, tariffs in the coming months will also be influenced by the choices that will accompany the Recovery Fund. In particular for the support of future renewable sources, which today would fall on the bill.

In the rooms of the Palazzo the problem of tariffs is not at all on the agenda. We have not heard anything in recent days about increases that have very heavy effects on everyone's pockets. The purchasing power of citizens is reduced and the costs of businesses increase. We do not know exactly how much these increases weighed on Minister Gualtieri's forecasts. In fact, everyone is protesting because the accounts, whether family or business, will not add up in the end.

Coldiretti thought about agri-food, which is fundamental for the whole country. The cost of energy – says the organization – is reflected throughout the supply chain and concerns both agricultural activities but also processing and distribution. The Covid 19 epidemic has dug deep into income, spending on basic needs. “The Italians' spending on food has gone back ten years to 2010 values”, adds Coldiretti. On the other hand, Confesercenti asks for a reduced rate at least until spring. Two well-founded criticisms that await a response from politics that could try to correct odious mechanisms of increases in a vital sector.

This is a machine translation from Italian language of a post published on Start Magazine at the URL on Thu, 08 Oct 2020 07:30:33 +0000.