Check Achats denounces the tactic of calculating variable power contracts: “Customers could also be confronted with costs starting from easy to triple”
Earlier than Russia invaded Ukraine, it was doable, when signing a variable power contract, to have competitors and to have preferential charges. Now it has develop into not possible.
Moreover the truth that suppliers now not supply a hard and fast contract, there may be one other huge issue that buyers face, that of discovering a “good” variable power contract.
In a press launch, Check Achat places ahead two causes. Firstly due to the “multitude of various parameters and indexation occasions”, and secondly as a result of “the calculation strategies for projecting the evolution of the costs of mounted contracts are usually not standardized”.
Certainly, suppliers make use of totally different methodologies when providing variable power contracts, whether or not for fuel or electrical energy. Thus, whereas some contracts are primarily based on value averages, others are primarily based on one-day quotes, whereas nonetheless others are primarily based on brief or long-term figures.
Confronted with this variability, evaluating costs between totally different suppliers in an effort to have a preferential charge has develop into an impediment course.
This is the reason Check Achats has requested suppliers to make use of a uniform calculation methodology and a simplification of variable costs. “Since there isn’t any uniform methodology of projecting costs for variable contracts, customers could also be confronted with costs starting from easy to triple for a similar contract relying on the comparator chosen” explains Julie Frère, spokesperson of Check Achats, for whom the cup is full. “The precept of a clear marketplace for customers has merely develop into a useless letter,” she laments.
Lastly, Check Achats provides on the finish of its press launch that earlier than 2018, variable contracts might solely be listed a most of 4 occasions a 12 months, initially of every quarter. Any further, this indexing can happen each month.
A gathering is deliberate with the CREG, the federal regulator, to discover a uniform calculation methodology for all regulators.
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