• To cope with the energy shock, the State will add aid to those already existing.

  • This is the "electricity shock absorber", intended for VSEs, SMEs, and communities.

  • It will be calculated in relation to the “energy share” of a given contract, ie the average annual price of electricity excluding delivery costs and taxes.

The war in Ukraine is expected to continue to affect energy bills next year.

To support companies in the face of this shock, the State will set up new aid from January 1, 2023, for the whole year.

A new public boost called "electricity shock absorber".

It will be intended for all VSEs and SMEs (less than 250 employees, 50 million euros in turnover and 43 million euros in balance sheet) not eligible for the tariff shield, and all local authorities and public establishments having no competitive activities, whatever their status.

As a reminder, the tariff shield only concerns VSEs and local authorities with less than 10 employees, 2 million euros in turnover and having an electricity meter with a power of less than 36 kVA.

The idea is therefore now to extend state support to all small and medium-sized enterprises.

Simplified procedures

The electricity buffer will be calculated on the "energy share" of a given contract, i.e. the average annual price of electricity excluding the costs of routing electricity through the network (network tariff or Turpe ) and duty free.

This “energy share”, present in the contracts and commercial proposals of the vast majority of VSEs and SMEs, is expressed in euros/MWh or in euros/kWh.

The buffer will reduce the average annual price of the "energy share" to 180 euros/MWh (or 0.18 euro/kWh) on half of the volumes of electricity consumed, within the limit of an aid ceiling unit at 500 euros/MWh.

The maximum reduction in the unit price will be 160 euros/MWh on all consumption (or 0.16 euros/kWh).

For a consumer with an energy share of 350 euros/MWh (0.35 kWh), the electricity shock absorber will thus make it possible to cover around 20% of the total bill, the State has calculated.

The aid will be integrated directly into the consumer bill, and the State will compensate the suppliers.

The process is also simplified: consumers will only have to confirm to their supplier that they are eligible.


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