With the energy crisis, this baker's bills explode

With the energy crisis, this baker’s bills explode

ENERGY – How many will have to close? The increase in electricity and gas prices worries everyone, but for bakers, the period is particularly difficult. Reliant on their stoves, giant mixers and other energy-hungry equipment, these artisans receive staggering bills from their energy provider.

A little everywhere in France, bakeries claim to be threatened with closure. These small or medium-sized companies adapt as best they can, raising the price of products (and sometimes the baguette) or turning off the stove earlier in the day. On Facebook, a “National Artisan Bakers Day of Mourning” scheduled for October 25 invites us to lower the curtain for one day, to sound the alarm and remind us that “nearby shops are vital”.

As you can see in the video at the top of the articleAxel Houri, owner of a bakery in Neuilly-sur-Marne (Seine-Saint-Denis), saw his bill more than double this summer, amounting to 2,162 euros of electricity for the month of June, compared to 937 euros a year before (for the same number of kilowatt hours).

on the microphone HuffPost, the baker claims to be worried about the coming months. ” We are completely in the dark. We don’t know where we’re going “, He worries. Angry with the suppliers, the craftsman considers them “war profiteers”, referring to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which affects energy prices. The businessman also explains having to juggle a inflation of its raw materials (flour, eggs, milk, etc.).

A letter signed by the providers

Glass shops, hairdressers, butchers… In addition to bakery and confectionery, the numerous sectors with high electricity consumption are waiting for a boost in the face of this runaway inflation.

Thus, on October 5, the Minister of Economy received the suppliers in Bercy for the signing of a Charter aimed at protecting companies. The latter undertake to make a commercial proposal if the employer so requests. For his part, Minister Bruno Le Maire also announced a cap on the price of electricity for producers, which should allow aid to be granted to companies and communities.

In the letter, energy providers pledged in particular to warn customers that they are not eligible for the regulated electricity rate “at least two months in advance” before the renewal or termination of your contract.

The minister warned that “Abusive Behavior” remained, would be “sanctioned”based on investigations by the Fraud Repression and the Energy Regulation Commission (CRE).

To help companies better decipher the offers, the CRE, the energy police, will also publish in the coming days on its website a “reference price” Electricity, updated weekly. This information aimed at companies with less than 250 employees will be broken down according to various profiles of professional consumers. “We won’t let you down”promised the Minister of Economy to “all business”which recalled the existence of an aid allocation of 3,000 million euros.

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