Electricity and gas bills: is the free market worthwhile?

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Bills: is it really worth relying on the free energy and gas market? This is the question that Arera asked itself and to which it tried to answer with the first report on the monitoring of the electricity and gas retail markets.

L’Arera, the Regulatory Authority for Energy, Networks and the Environment, released the first report on monitoring of the electricity and gas retail markets, with which he tried to analyze the actual convenience of the free market compared to the enhanced protection service.

Let’s see together what emerged from the Arera report.

Free electricity and gas market: more and more users

The Regulatory Authority for Energy, Networks and the Environment (Arera) published the first report on monitoring the retail electricity and gas markets. From this it emerged that more and more users are opting for the transition from the enhanced protection service to the free market.


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Below are the main data relating to the transition to the free market disclosed by Arera:

  • among domestic customers, the 57% it does it for i low voltage electricity consumption;
  • the 60,2%instead, it changed for the gas consumption below 200 thousand standard cubic meters;
  • l’81% of contracts of the free electricity and gas market are signed by aged subjects between 18 and 29 years.

Free electricity and gas market: is it really worth it?

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But what many are asking is whether it is really worthwhile to rely on the free market for the supply of electricity and gas.

Arera tried to answer this question by analyzing the retail markets through its report, which showed that beyond the 90% of the free market offers are not affordable compared to those of the higher protection service.

Specifically, in fact, of the 5 thousand offers considered by the Authority only a part was less expensive than that of the protections: 64% for the electricity sector e 65% for that of gas.

Luca Paolucci

Degree in Economics and Management Graduating in International Management

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