France: Wind power, billions of Euros of illegal overcharging?
Paris: 21.12. 2013
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) gave its verdict on Thursday 19 December that the French tariff for purchasing wind power generated electricity represents an aid provided by French State resources.
The "Fédération Environnement Durable" notes that this judgment confirms the decision of the "Conseil d'Etat” of France, which should logically entail the repayment of the overcharging by electricity producers who have thus benefitted since 2001.
The mechanism for buying wind power generated electricity at a price guaranteed by the State would be open to review, probably as well as the ”Electricity Services Contribution” ( CSPE ), an illegal "electricity eco-tax" shown at the bottom of consumers’ electricity bills, the current rate of which is 4.5%, and has been increasing rapidly since 2001.
The (FED) asks "Electricité de France" (EDF) and other producers of electricity who have received this tax since its origin to provision for the risks reimbursing consumers for the total amount of this tax including interest. The preliminary estimates of the FED indicate that this overcharging concerning wind power alone could be as much billons of Euros i.e. hundreds of Euros for an average French household.
The FED once again declares those wind turbines, sheltering under the umbrella of ecology, are not profitable and represent an endless multibillion euro black hole for French taxpayers. They only survive thanks to the illegal charges on the bills of consumers.