Electricity costs don’t seem on the traditional client invoice. This is the entire downside that the buyer affiliation has regarded into on this difficulty. She denounces an absence of transparency.
There are three sorts of fees: the general public area occupancy payment, the concession payment, and the management payment. Some municipalities don’t apply any. Others, like Nouméa, tick the field for all three.
It have to be mentioned that the operation will be worthwhile. These electricity costs herald almost a billion CFP francs per 12 months to the municipalities, together with virtually 600 million for the town of Noumea alone. But for UFC-Que Choisir, they’re unjustified, specifically the payment for occupying the general public area.
“The city of Nouméa provides a certain number of electrical equipment to its concessionaire so that it distributes electricity to subscribers in Nouméa and at the same time invoices EEC for the occupation of the public domain by its poles, that it makes available. These are things that are quite specific “; explains Françoise Kerjouan, vice-president of UFC-Que Choisir.
Stung, the French Association of Mayors of New Caledonia judges “slanderous” the accusations of the buyer affiliation and tries to justify itself. “Regarding the fee, it is simple: it is a fee like any user of the public domain, whether it is a restaurant that uses a sidewalk or the OPT to put its electric cables, there is a right to use the domain. public”, explains Georges Naturel, president of the affiliation.
A price for the buyer
In Noumea, it’s about 5% of the electricity invoice, in line with a 2008 Isee examine, indicating that Caledonian households spend a mean of 13,200 francs per thirty days on electricity. The earlier authorities tried to restrict its results by capping all royalties (at 8.6% of the concessionaire’s industrial margin). But in October, the Santa authorities modified the state of affairs by elevating the cap to 11%, sufficient to make the UFC soar.
For the shoppers’ affiliation, the case is way from over. She introduced a number of appeals to the executive court docket in opposition to the federal government and the town of Nouméa, which just lately adopted a deliberation on the payment for occupying the general public area.