Regulated gas prices rise by an average of 5.7% in March

35% of French households have chosen gas as their heating medium. But this method of heating is increasing inexorably every year. On March 1st, an average 5.7% increase was imposed on consumers!

It should be noted that the regulated gas tariff is a tariff set by the Ministry of Ecological and Inclusive Change, the Ministry of Economic Affairs in cooperation with the ENGIE company and the local distributors. The jointly negotiated tariffs are then validated by the Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE).

Why have gas prices increased?

According to the Energy Regulation Commission, this increase can be explained by several factors. That increase would be due to an extreme cold spell in Asia this year and thus significant use of European stocks. Strong global demand has pushed up the price of gas for consumers.

What is increasing for each?

The increase varies depending on how the household is used.

5% on average for households that use it for cooking, only 4% for those who use it for cooking, and for making hot water 9% for those for whom gas is also the heating mode.

How are gas prices calculated?

You should know that the gas tariff includes several things, including the costs borne by the gas supplier. But also delivery costs (extraction of deposits, transport, prospecting). Or costs other than delivery, i.e. customer management costs and infrastructure costs (distribution, storage, transport).

Which prices for which consumption?

The gas offers vary depending on gas consumption and the geographic location of the household.

There is a classification for consumption:

Basis for households that consume less than 1000 kWh per year (cooking only) B0 for those who consume between 1000 and 6000 kWh per year (cooking, hot water) Tariff B1 for those who consume between 6000 and 30,000 kWh per year (cooking , Hot water, heating)) The B2I rate for large consumers (villas or condominiums) and within the limit of 30,000 kWh per year.

Prices also differ depending on your geographic area. The average consumption of a household is 11,187 kWh per year with a budget of 849 EUR in 2020 at rate B1. This annual increase should therefore bring the bill to around € 900!

And in the future?

The law provides for the gradual expiry of regulated sales tariffs for individuals by 2023. As of September 1st, professionals no longer have these fluctuating prices. On average, the gas price has fallen by 9.2% since January 1, 2019. This will not be the case in March 2021.