Voltalia wants to lower the bills of SMEs thanks to renewable energies

Energy prices are skyrocketing, worrying small business owners. Although the European Union has just announced that the 27 Member States have reached an agreement allowing the wholesale price of gas to be capped at 180 euros/MWh, subject to conditions, as far as electricity is concerned, nothing is certain yet.

This announcement should nevertheless make it possible to revise electricity prices downwards in Europe, gas-fired power plants being the last production plants called on the network if necessary. They are therefore the ones who set the prices. But there is another way to lower your electricity bill when you are a VSE / SME manager: bet on renewable energies.

A hard-to-reach solution for small businesses

Inexpensive and easily deployable, the latter allow companies to see their bills significantly reduced. An almost perfect solution on paper, but which is verified only too little in reality, regrets in the program France moves Sébastien Clerc, CEO of Voltalia. “We are the leader in what are called coporate PPAs, these green electricity supply contracts. In France, we have more than 50% market share in these contracts which directly link the producer, that is- to say us, to the consumer”, he explains at the microphone of Europe 1.

“But these consumers must make a commitment over 20 years and more. So they must have very solid balance sheets so that they have access to this energy that is both green and inexpensive”, thus excluding the smallest French companies, notes the boss of the energy supplier.

Helping the smallest consumers

To avoid leaving the smallest structures without access to renewable energies, Voltalia has “invented an innovative legal structure which brings together all the consumers who are already a little smaller”, underlines Sébastien Clerc.

And to support these small consumers, “we have proposed to the public authorities the creation of a public guarantee fund, a kind of insurance which ensures the balance sheet of smaller companies”, so that they can invest, adds the boss. A proposal “that the public authorities have accepted and which, in 18 months, have implemented this new regulation”, welcomes Sébastien Clerc.