The cloth burns between the gas and the government. According to our information, the professional Association of the gas (AFG) will file an appeal before the Council of State to request the partial cancellation of the decree concerning the multi-annual programming of energy (EPP).
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This is particularly the new environmental regulation (ER 2020) that will be required in the buildings. The professionals in the gas accused him of doing too much beautiful to electricity, which would result in the opposite effect sought, namely the reduction of emissions of CO2 to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.
” An electrification of the massive use of heating will only strengthen the leading power in the winter, which is often covered by imports, especially from thermal power plants in Germans, ” says Patrick Corbin, the president of the AFG.
The new regulation has already been postponed for six months
The gas are not the only ones to think so. Ten-eight professional organizations, including Enerplan, the union of pv, the Cibe for the wood, a Primer for local elected representatives or the association négaWatt, have addressed, with the AFG, an open letter to the prime minister on Tuesday 9 June.
They ask the public authorities to” an urgent review of the trade-offs “regarding the RE 2020, and the reform of the energy performance diagnostics (DPE) and the revision of the label low consumption Building (BBC).
In early may, the government announced the postponement at 1er July 2021 the implementation of the RE 2020, which had to be at 1er January.
Huge stakes behind the regulatory changes
The record is extremely technical and complex. The RE 2020 changes the” coefficient of the primary conversion “the electricity, that is to say, the quantity of primary energy (the one found in nature) necessary to obtain the final energy (the one that arrives at the consumer). It is lowered 2.58 2.3. Similarly, the emission factor of CO2 of the electricity used by the heating system has also been revised, going from 210 grams per kilowatt/hour to 79 g/kWh.
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As amended, these two indicators would virtually eliminate the gas in new housing, but also wood, biomass, and heat pumps, say the opponents.
EDF would seek to protect its nuclear
The conflict between the electricians and the gas is not new. The first to be blamed and to RT 2012 to be too favourable to the latter. It is the reverse today. The gas see it as a sub-hand the pressure exerted by EDF, which is seeking, they claim, to save its nuclear fleet and to build new reactors.
The group contends that the performance of the electrical appliances have greatly improved and that the peak of the winter is not as carbonated as in the past.
A plan of energy renovation in preparation
If tempers flare now, it is mostly because the government is preparing a comprehensive programme of energy renovation for the new school year, in the framework of the recovery plan. It could change the game for the millions of housing units concerned, both of which are building sites for professionals. Because if the RE 2020 applies to the nine, the modification of diagnoses of energy performance and of the BBC label affect the former.
The fact that they are now calculated in terms of final energy and in primary energy, is tantamount to impose everywhere the electricity for the renovations, says the AFG. According to her,” this new labeling will lead, in an unacceptable manner, and without works, out of the classes F and G (the worst in which we find the strainers thermal imaging, editor’s NOTE) approximately 3 million dwellings heated by electricity, and to bring in about 6 million homes heated by fuels “. It warns also against an increase in heating bills, which could be multiplied by three.