Countries Call For Investigation On Extreme Gas Prices

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France, Spain, Czechia, Romania and Greece are calling for an investigation into the causes of the record-high growth of gas prices on the continent, according to a joint statement published by Bloomberg’s Javier Blas on Twitter.

Regarding gas, the functioning of the European gas market should be investigated to understand why current gas contracts have been insufficient,” says the statement, a copy of which has been tweeted by Blas, Bloomberg’s chief energy correspondent.

The price of gas in Europe broke new record highs on Wednesday, rising sharply to above $1,900 per 1,000 cubic meters at the opening of trading. According to data from the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), the price of November futures on the TTF hub in the Netherlands at 8:28am GMT jumped to $1,936 per 1,000 cubic meters, or $186 per megawatt-hour.

The five states urge the EU to set up common rules on gas reserves to control prices, proposing to boost coordination in gas purchases.

We should also build common guidelines on gas storage to mitigate and smooth price increases [and] better coordinate our gas purchases to increase our bargaining power,” the statement continues.

The group also calls for reform in Europe’s electricity market to improve the connection between the cost of electricity generation and its price for households, noting that this is “especially important as decarbonisation will increase the use of electricity in our economy.”

The states reportedly say that, in the long term, Europe should focus on reducing its dependence on gas-exporting countries “by investing in the diversification of our energy supply,” suggesting low-carbon energies like biomass, wind and solar energy as an alternative to gas and coal.

The document indicates that the statement is a joint product of the ministers of economy and finance of the five listed countries. However, the published copy is not dated.

Original Article: https://www.rt.com/business/536708-europe-gas-prices-investigation/

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  1. Daniel Melton says

    The socialist tree huggers are now discovering the cost of their agenda. They did not anticipate a backlash from the people they have subjected to extortionate energy costs.

  2. Keith Clark says

    America had positioned itself to be a Net exporter of energy. That was bringing prices down all over the world. Now the radical Democrat Communist Party has decided to destroy all of the Trump gains in less than a year. We cannot explain why they want to destroy us but the fact is that it is happening. The last election was a rigged joke. We are working on getting Conservatives back in power but for the short term with these very weak people in power there is likely not going to be any change except rising costs for everything and global shortages that were totally unnecessary. One thing is for sure. This will prove that the “Green Revolution” will leave the world shivering in the dark.

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