The United We Can Ministers of Social Rights and Agenda 2030 and Consumption, Ione Belarra and Alberto Garzón, respectively, have sent a proposal to the Ministry for the Ecological Transition in which it is collected to establish a fixed price for nuclear energy and a maximum for the hydroelectric with the goal of lowering the electricity bill.
United We can sources have reported that this initiative would lower the electricity bill “immediately” in the face of a “limit situation with historical prices .” Despite having a “structural nature”, it can be approved, depending on the dwellings, by means of a royal decree law and in a “very short” period of time.
United We can calculate that these reforms, which are in line with European regulation, would mean “savings of between 1,500 and 3,200 million euros per year” for families.
Specifically, Belarra and Garzón propose that nuclear energy can be acquired by trading companies at a fixed price, similar to France. In this way, consumers would be protected against increases in the costs of other technologies that, with the current system, says Unidas Podemos, “are transferred to nuclear in the form of profits from the sky.”
For hydroelectric energy they propose a maximum, with a system similar to that of other renewables, so that “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” .
In the United We Can proposal, the National Markets and Competition Commission (CNMC) would be in charge of setting, through an audit of generation costs, the price of both types of energy.
They thus intend that the fall in prices in the regulated market automatically cause “a drag effect on the free market” and then “significant drops in the price of electricity.”
Reducing the price of electricity is one of the claims that Unidos Podemos has raised with its coalition partner, even warning by going out to stop the price increase. His spokesman in Congress, Pablo Echenique, assured that the bill could be limited with a royal decree law.
However, the third vice president and minister for the Ecological Transition, Teresa Ribera, argued that saying that you can reduce the price of electricity or change things “from one day to the next” is “cheap demagoguery or not knowing what to expect. is talking”.
Although in the short term the Government’s measures will be limited to taxation, the Executive has opened up to the possibility of reforming the regulated tariff, as proposed by the electricity companies, and creating a public energy company, as United Podemos requests.