The main electricity companies in the country have already reacted and placed in the hands of their legal teams the legal battle against the package of measures that the Government has approved to lower the price of the electricity bill, as several sources have been able to confirm. to the Economist.
For the moment, The only one going to appeal the Decree Law will be before the Constitutional CourtBut it will have to be done by 50 senators, 50 deputies, the Ombudsman, the executive collegiate bodies of the autonomous communities or, where appropriate, their Assemblies. To appeal it for another way would have to wait for the approval of subsequent regulations. Sources in the energy sector consider that the proposals do not address the problem, calling them “sidereal lies” and assure that if the price of gas does not fall, the price of electricity will continue to rise.
However, the electricity companies are not left behind and they have not been the only ones that have spoken once the measures to be applied are known, both to value the “courageous” measures and to qualify the ideas of the Executive as “scam”. of Snchez. The leading opposition party has also reacted. Javier Maroto, spokesman for the popular in the Senate, has described as “scam” the proposals to lower the electricity bill what the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, did yesterday, whom he accused of “killing flies with gunshots” after “lying in the sun while the price of electricity was multiplied by three.”
The PP spokesman in the Senate, who will be in charge of asking the chief executive on behalf of the popular group, believes that there is no guarantee that this fee will not become a problem in the future, in addition to criticizing that there is no assurance that the “attack on the electricity companies” will not be answered in court. The blue formation will also question on this matter in the Senate the third vice president and minister for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge, Teresa Ribera, and the Minister of Consumption, Alberto Garzn, whom Maroto has described as “a minister who only swarms by Moncloa in the meetings of the Council from time to time “.
From the OCU they say that the government’s shock plan is going in the right direction, but they attribute a temporality bias to it. They believe that some measures, such as the abolition of the special tax on electricity it must be of a permanent character. They also argue that the measures should be structural in the wholesale market, in the formation of prices and more clarity in the receipt of electricity and electricity offers.
On the other hand, the Minister of Social Rights and leader of Podemos, Ione Belarra, has stressed that see collected part of their proposals, such as the intervention in the market to withdraw the “unfair” benefits that electricity companies receive from the sky, in the package of measures approved by the Council of Ministers to lower the price of electricity. Belarra has also pointed out that “bold” and “forceful” initiatives have been taken, as United We can defendant for a long time.
Faced with the stir caused, the Ministry of Ecological Transition has responded in a forceful way that “the reduction of CO2 has a floor of 20 euros per ton of CO2, which coincides with the price that was when the electricity companies signed the closing protocol in March of 2019. There is no deduction from the income they received when they signed it. What’s more, contemplates their expectations of higher income due to the rise in CO2 by granting them 10% of the income that arises when CO2 is above those 20 euros per tonIt has also ensured that “the reduction mechanism replicates the system implemented between 2007 and 2009 by virtue of RDL 3/2006 and 11/2007, which was validated by the Court of Justice of the EU” and that, “also , the guarantees have been increased by incorporating the recommendations of the CNMC and the Council of State “.
Cessation of nuclear activity
Meanwhile, the Spanish Nuclear Industry Forum has communicated that if the CO2 bill goes ahead there will be a fairly damaging cessation of nuclear park activity. “The excessive fiscal pressure on the Spanish nuclear park and the impact of the CO2 bill in its current drafting, together with the planned 3,000 million euros of investments to be made until the operation of the nuclear park ceases in 2035, will lead to its economic-financial unfeasibility and they will lead to the anticipated cessation of the activity, “they add. The Government has responded that” the closure of the power plants, on the other hand, has to be approved by the system operator, REE, considering system security criteria. “