Purchasing power bill passed in Senate

Posted Jul 30, 2022, 9:08 AMUpdated on Jul 30, 2022 at 9:10 am

The senators had given themselves until 9:30 p.m. this Friday to complete the examination of the purchasing power bill. At 9.27 p.m., they adopted the text at first reading. The emergency having been decreed, the joint joint committee will meet this Monday at 3 p.m.

The two days of discussion at the Luxembourg Palace will have decided with that at the National Assembly. “Once again the Senate will have done a good job […] with very different convictions, without vociferating, he offered another image of parliamentary democracy”, was pleased to underline Bruno Retailleau, the president of the LR Group, who voted for the bill with the centrist and RDPI groups. majority En Marche.

During their second day of discussion, this Friday, the senators extended the temporary cap on rent increases to 3.5% year-on-year, already introduced for individuals, businesses and SMEs with fewer than 250 employees.

Extension of the cap on rent increases

An amendment by the ecologist Thomas Dossus also gave power to the ministry in charge of energy to ban digital advertising panels in the event of a problem with the supply of electricity, while another by the Republican Patrick Chaize extended to all the year the prohibition to cut electricity for unpaid bills, currently in force only from November to March, in favor of a power limitation.

The 0-rate loan for the purchase of electric vans and trucks voted in committee has, however, been abolished. Just like the authorization to use used frying oil as fuel, “even if the fries belong to the world heritage will support our friends from Hauts-de-France”, one of their colleagues laughed. On the energy component of the bill, the senators voted for an amendment by the socialist Franck Montaugé which limits to 2 years instead of 5 the possibility of taking exceptional measures to restrict or suspend the operation of gas power stations against the opinion of the government.

The project to build a floating LNG terminal by TotalEnergies in Le Havre was validated and even reinforced with the adoption of an amendment to the latter reducing the consultation period of the two municipalities concerned to one month, extended in committee. The senators gave competence in the event of a problem to the Bureau of Investigation and Analysis for events at sea rather than to that dedicated to industrial risks.

The floating LNG terminal validated

Only formal obligations have been added concerning the information that TotalEnergies should provide: extension of the scope of the study to be provided by the operator beyond greenhouse gas emissions; obligation to publish a report ranging from dismantling conditions to the future of personnel, including the state of biodiversity 6 months before the end of terminal operation.

These changes to the text have been added to those voted on Thursday. If the Republicans did not win their case on limiting the increase in the RSA to 3.5%, they voted to continue until December 31, 2023 the Macron bonus, payable in four instalments, for all companies. as well as its sustainability beyond 2023 for companies with less than 50 employees or even the extension of the exemption from employer contributions on the 25% increase in overtime to companies with 50 or more employees.

During the debates, the Minister for Energy Transition Agnès Pannier-Runacher mentioned for the “back to school” in Parliament in October, the bill “accelerating the energy transition”, mentioned for several weeks to simplify the development of energies renewables, wind and solar. “A priori the Senate would be the first to examine” the bill, she slipped.

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