The Government faces this Thursday the parliamentary debate and the subsequent vote of the decree to try to contain the effect of the rise in the price of gas on the electricity bill with the disappointment that the European Union (EU) has not opened the door today to review the auction system that governs Europe.
The decree that is voted on this Thursday, approved by the Council of Ministers on September 14, includes a battery of measures aimed at curbing the historical rise in energy prices in recent months, due to the high cost of gas and CO2 emission rights.
Among other things, it obliges electricity companies to return part of the extraordinary benefits they obtain by passing on to their generation an extra cost of the gas they do not use, a amount estimated by the Government at 2,600 million euros.
The decree is in force since its publication in the Official State Gazette (BOE), but as established by the Constitution, within a calendar month from its approval it must be submitted to Congress for validation or, in the event of not having sufficient support, it will be repealed. In any case, groups can request its processing as a bill to propose changes through amendments.
There will be no problems for the Government to move forward with the vote. The Left House groups They have been demanding for a long time to act against the over-remuneration that generation plants receive, with lower operating costs and that, nevertheless, sell their electricity according to the rise in the price of gas and emission rights.
Thus, to the 155 votes that PSOE and United We can add, the Government can add, at least, the votes of Esquerra Republicana (13), EH-Bildu (5), Más-País Equo (2), the CUP (2), Compromís (1), BNG (1) and Nueva Canarias (1). A total above the absolute majority, without ruling out yet the support of the Junts, the PRC or Teruel Existe. In total, a majority that would foreseeably exceed 180 votes, compared to the rejection of the PP (88 deputies), Vox (52), Ciudadanos (9), UPN (2) and Foro Asturias (1). From the PNV (6), a priority partner of the Government, they prefer not to advance a position in this regard, as in PDeCAT (4).