derogation from liberalization for more vulnerable users

Against the high bills for the most vulnerable users, derogation from liberalization

From users over 75 to holders of a social bonus provided by the Government one derogation than the complete liberalization electricity.

In legislative decree implementing the European directive, on the internal electricity market, the Italian Government has prepared an exemption from the liberalization that will be completed at the beginning of the year 2023, preparing a protection network for weaker customers of the energy market.

The derogation provides that when the service of the protected market energy, sellers will have to offer users vulnerable and in conditions of energy poverty, who will request it, the supply of electricity at a price that reflects the cost of energy in the wholesale market, as well as the efficient costs of marketing, the contract conditions and the quality of the service established by the Arera. Hence, theArera, will have to transitionally and until 31/12/2025, define a reference index monthly of the price atingrosso energy.

I beneficiaries it will be the over 75, the holders of the social bonus, the people who need life-saving appliances, the people with disabilities covered by Law 104, but also the users present in the smaller interconnected islands and in the areas hit by earthquakes.

With respect to this derogation, the ARERA contested the generic nature of the rule which does not clarify who is responsible for the obligation, or if all the suppliers of the free market or only to the current one, furthermore he suggested that the measure should only target the beneficiaries of the electric social bonus for economic and physical hardship.

According to theAntitruston the other hand, this derogation could harm competition because the transition from the protected energy market to the new regulated tariff could reduce the contestability of users by operators other than the traditional one of the highest protection. The Ensures, with respect to the latter hypothesis, he would like to proceed with an auction for the assignment of customers.

In draft of the opinion of the Industry and Environment committees of the Senate, the parliamentarians proposed to avoid further burdens for sellers and without complications for the system, the maintenance of the greater protection perfected also with the introduction of long-term contracts (Ppa), to buy green energy and the assignment of the sale through weeks.

Furthermore, in this enhanced protection service, in addition to vulnerable subjects, all the domestic customers.

Finally, the legislative decree always provides a novelty, that of fast supply change which must take place within three weeks of the request without constraints, as the starting point from the first day of the month disappears, which will be reduced to 24 ore from 01/01/2026.

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