At least 500 euro according to Codacons, up to 700 for Enea (the National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development). It is the cost on the pockets of Italian families of the increase in bills in the last quarter of 2021, announced a few days ago by the Minister of Ecological Transition Roberto Cingolani, to which is added the increase in the price of fuels.
On 1 October, the Arera energy authority will update the electricity and gas tariffs every three months, bringing them closer to production costs and international markets. Already in July there had been the first spikes, which the government had tried to stop with the establishment of a fund of 1.2 billion euros. The growths mentioned are vertical: +20% for electricity, +30% for gas. In figures, these percentages are equivalent to + 110 euros for the first, +281 for the second. In total, an annual cost of hundreds of euros for the typical Italian family. According to Codacons, the increases will weigh more on large and low-income households. The consequences, again according to the association for the protection of consumers, would not be limited only to electricity and gas bills: such an increase would produce a cost increase for industries and companies, which would result in a generalized increase in retail prices.
But the Codacons does not limit itself to evaluating the energy drain. The price of fuel has also been rising for months. There gas costs 15.3% more than at the beginning of the year, the price of diesel fuel grew by 14.5%. On an annual basis – claims the association – an average family should take into account a higher expense for refueling equal to 324 euros per year, 11.8 euros in full. As in early summer, the executive is considering a new intervention to limit the impact of the increases in energy costs. A solution could be the refinancing of the fund set up three months ago, which makes it possible to lower the final figure of the bill. Or, suggests Arera herself, it could be decided to reduce the items of additional costs included in the electricity and gas coupons.
Demands to avoid price increases came from both political sides. Matteo Salvini, secretary of the League, spoke on the subject during an electoral visit to Milan: “It is not possible to wait for electricity and gas bills to increase by 40%. So, on behalf of the League, I strongly asked the government and President Draghi first of all for interventions to cut the part of taxes that weigh down bills and that this increase reaches zero.“. The to the Antonio Misiani writes on Facebook instead: “The high bills are a blow to families and businesses and threaten to jeopardize the recovery. As PD we ask the government to allocate the necessary resources to protect consumers from increases. The unprecedented surge in energy bills confirms the need to strengthen the tools to make the ecological transition socially sustainable“, while for i 5 place Tiziana Beghin, head of delegation of grillini to the European Parliament expressed herself: “The high bills are the number one enemy for businesses and families and must be countered by accelerating the environmental transition that involves the sole use of renewable sources. As stated by the vice president of the European Commission, Frans Timmermans, these record increases of 4/5 are attributable to the dynamics of the gas and fossil fuels market, while the price of renewable energy is stable.“. He also intervenes on the matter Enrico Letta, secretary of the Democratic Party: “This increase in bills is absolutely excessive – he writes on Twitter – whatever the global reasons that cause it. It takes a government intervention to reduce one-off system charges and thus limit an impact that is a freeze on household consumption and recovery “.