Reaction concerning the French Conseil d’Etat’s decision on regulated tariffs for the sale of electricity in France

By ENGIE - 18 May 2018 - 12:00

ENGIE acknowledges the Conseil d’Etat’s decision, announced today, judging that regulated tariffs for the sale of electricity do not comply with the European law, due to the absence of a mechanism allowing for a periodic re-examination of the tariffs in addition to their overly broad application englobing private and professional customers.


ENGIE welcomes this beneficial decision for professional consumers who will have a real choice through more competitive prices and easier access to innovative offers proposed by suppliers such as ENGIE.


ENGIE nonetheless regrets the Conseil d’Etat’s analysis which diverges from its viewpoint dating back to 19 July 2017 when it considered, for different reasons, that the pursuit of regulated tariffs for natural gas did not comply with the European Law, after having called upon the European Union’s Court of Justice.


ENGIE will therefore be attentive to the periodic re-examination of regulated tariffs for the sale of electricity to private customers enabling alternative suppliers to provide competitive offers and efficiently compete with the historic operator.


Indeed, the Group considers that the pursuit of regulated tariffs for the sale of electricity to private customers would prolong a deep distortion of competition which exists on the energy markets, where the same actors are active, excessively reinforcing the dominant position of France’s historical electricity operator.


It will belong to the European authorities and Courts, which were not questioned on the matter, in contrast with regulated tariffs for the sale of natural gas, to express their point of view.


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