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Dl support bis, Aiget: “Good reduction of fixed charges on bill costs”

Byeditorial

May 20, 2021

“In times of economic crisis such as this due to the pandemic, the signal coming from the Government, regarding the reduction of fixed costs affecting energy bills”, is seen “positively” by Aiget, the Italian Association of Energy Wholesalers and Traders. According to the Association, the provision “can represent a shot in the arm for consumers and above all to restart the activities of SMEs, whose costs in the bill are also burdened by fixed charges not attributable to the actual consumption of energy. , but not only given that the reduction of improper items resulting in the right mix between what is consumed and the bill, can also be a driving force for greater consumption efficiency “. Among the items in the bill, Aiget notes, “there are in fact different costs, grouped into two categories: Asos and Arim. The first includes costs for systems intended to support energy from renewable sources and cogeneration. The item Arim instead includes system costs intended for a series of very heterogeneous incentives: production incentives attributable to non-biodegradable waste; nuclear safety and territorial compensation measures; tariff concessions recognized for the railway sector; support for system research; electricity bonus; integrations of electricity companies minors and promotion of energy efficiency “. Aiget has been asking “for some time now a reconsideration of these costs and, above all, of those that have less to do with energy:” The institutions have grasped the problem and therefore we are observing the measure with satisfaction. However, this must be a starting point to move definitively towards the shift of improper costs to general taxation, perhaps through a safeguard clause, which provides for a maximum ceiling beyond which these costs cannot rise “.” If we think, for example, of gas, the cost of the raw material in the bill it is about one third of the total, the other two thirds are fixed costs. Well, starting from this principle, we can only hope that the problem can be considered permanently and structurally, regardless of the exceptional situation in which our country currently finds itself ” , underlines Massimo Bello, President of Aiget. “Finally, two other aspects must be considered – concludes Bello – one of transparency, because it means communicating to taxpayers the exact allocation of costs, attributing fiscal policy interventions to specific measures; the other, on the other hand, relates to undesirable effects that an oversize bill can cause, given that energy consumption enters the consumer basket “.

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