Energy liberalization in 2007: a trap for consumers?


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From 1er July 2007, all consumers of electricity and / or gas that has chosen to engage with a supplier on the market where prices are free can no longer benefit from the regulated tariff gas or the electricity except when moving.

The government intends to confine the consumer and make guinea pigs of the reform because he knows, as industry analysts, the slide in prices is more than likely in the medium term.

In 5 years to come, these markets will be open to competition in the legislation but certainly not in reality!



Instead, EDF and GDF did not fear competition and will have the freedom to enjoy their arch dominant position because:

1- The export capacities of other European countries are weak or nonexistent,

2- The electric and gas interconnection networks are already saturated, limiting export opportunities,

3- The few potentially competing businesses charge prices in their respective markets that are uncompetitive, ie higher than EDF or GDF in the French market.

Consumers do not want to live the bitter experience of some companies that have chosen to subscribe to Bidding on the unregulated market and who have had an increase in their electric bills 73% in less than two years without being able to "back off."

The current text is too and consequently create an unacceptable inequality of treatment between consumers benefit from the regulated tariff and those permanently locked in markets (gas and electricity) high inflationary risk.

For UFC-Que Choisir, as the conditions for real competition are not met, the government must allow consumers to benefit from the tariff regulated at any time.

UFC source

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