“Other electricity and gas rates are possible” – Radio Gráfica

“Other electricity and gas rates are possible” – Radio Gráfica
“Other electricity and gas rates are possible” – Radio Gráfica

The multi-sector Avellaneda, Production and Work carried out an activity with the slogan “Gas and energy, another rate is possible. Enough of profiting with our resources and needs” in which specialists and union leaders of the sector made strong criticisms of the current energy policy and explained why it is possible that there is a lower rate than the one that users pay today in Argentina, in addition to the need to have policies in the sector focused on national development.

The setting for the meeting was the Bicentennial House in Avellaneda, where specialists, CGT and CTA union leaders from the region, leaders of SME business organizations, cooperatives, merchants and the university environment came together. Among the organizations present were the Municipality of Avellaneda, the UTEP, the UNDAV, the UTN, the Productive Front, Canillitas, the Kiosqueros Union, among others.

Summarizing the presentations, the point was that in Argentina excessive rates are paid, benefiting a handful of energy companies to the detriment of the Argentine people, SMEs and cooperatives with energy costs that undermine their competitiveness and production. They also pointed out the need for greater State intervention to put limits on the exorbitant profits of energy companies, to de-dollarize contracts, to know the cost structures and to orient the energy system at a general level in a national sense to support production. Argentina with a fair and accessible cost in rates for users.

The meeting had interventions from Andres Reparformer vice president of Enargas; Marcos Rebassa, former director of ENARSA; Leandro Acosta, Secretary of Organization of the Natural Gas Industry Workers Union; and of Daniel Minuccileader of Luz y Fuerza, with the coordination of the day by the bank leader, Eduardo Berrozpe.

After these interventions, the microphone was opened for those present to express their views on how the tariffs affect the sector, launching strong criticism of the government of Javier Milei and raising the need to build a political alternative.

THE INTERVENTIONS

At the opening, the coordinator Eduardo Berrozpe outlined the guidelines of the meeting stating that “Access to energy with affordable rates is a human right” and emphasizing that today it became one of the “most important problems that families and productive sectors have“.

To its turn, Andres Reparformer vice president of Enargas and member of the Scalabrini Ortiz Energy Institute, was lapidary with the energy policy of Javier Milei’s government.

There is very questionable energy management“, with specific reference to gas. “The pipes do not have adequate pressure due to lack of work on the pipes, there is a lack of predictability and reserves to deal with long periods of cold. It is a Government that has no foresight or planning“.

“Fundamental works for the Argentine gas system have been suspended, basically for transportation. “Today Vaca Muerta gives the possibility of generating higher levels of production, but we have no way to distribute it.”.

“We are in a situation of great unpredictability. Today, having gas is subject to the purchase of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) ships that are worth close to 40 million dollars each”, in a context where industries see their supply cut off, as well as the provision for CNG vehicles in some regions. from the country.

He also warned that today in Argentina an extra 20% is paid on the price of gas extraction over the international price. “Here we do not have a game of supply and demand or competitiveness. Users pay very high prices. he value of gas has an impact on the value of electrical energy, it has an impact on the entire population, especially in winter. With only the effective increase of 300% in April and the consumption that was very high due to the cold, very high rates will arrive. “We are going to have a very conflictive situation.”concluded Repar.

MARCOS REBASSA: “IT IS POSSIBLE TO PAY A LOWER ENERGY RATE”

Former director of Enarsa, Marcos Rebassa delved into the energy sector, emphasizing that “a lower rate than the one we currently pay is possible.”

“The value of the energy produced by Cammesa and approved by the Ministry of Energy for the entire country is very expensive. A more affordable rate can be generated, for which we must have political will and address some interests. The rate imposed by Camessa, which establishes a price, could drop from $80 to $40.”

There are many generators that have a reasonable price, but there are others that are very expensive in dollars and you have to have courage to grab those businessmen to renegotiate those contracts.“he added.

“Taking out the taxes, of what is paid on the invoice, half is what the distributor charges (for example Edesur and Edenor) and the other is the energy distributed by Cammesa – in charge of wholesale distribution – which establishes an equal price For the entire country, the subsequent distribution value is set by each province differently,” he explained.

“Today the current government does nothing but deepen what comes from previous governments,” he pointed out.

LEANDRO ACOSTA: “THE LABOR MOVEMENT HAS TO INTERVENE IN THE REGULATORY ENTITIES”

Leandro Acosta, Secretary of Organization of the Natural Gas Industry Workers Union, described the high costs that users and companies pay for gas in Argentina and the need to draw up a national energy project, vindicating the historical energy policy of Peronism.

“Another rate is possible because it was already possible. The gas industry in Argentina is a Peronist development; previously coke was purchased from English companies. The first gas pipeline, 1600 kilometers long, was built from the Lavallol plant (Lomas de Zamora) to Comodoro Rivadavia, it was done in two years without any prior experience. “It was a development of Peronism.”

“Then the Argentine energy matrix migrated, 60% today comes from natural gas, so when that price is touched the increase is exponential because it is transferred to many sectors,” he added.

“Gas was considered a social good for the well-being of Argentina. That changes with the privatization of the nineties. For example, schools and hospitals did not pay for gas.”

Acosta focused on the need to intervene in the regulatory entities, the ENRE for electric energy and the ENARGAS for gas.

“When privatization arrived in the nineties, regulatory entities appeared to guarantee a reasonable price, the issue is for whom. They had as a reference the North American agencies made up of notables, the issue is that when there is a popular government you can access those colleagues, when the other governments win you can’t.

We have to change that logic of the North American agency. The organized labor movement must be present in these agencies,” as well as developing a national project.“he emphasized.

DANIEL MINUCCI: THE ENERGY SERVICE AS A “PUBLIC SERVICE” AND WITH OFFICIALS “BRAVE TO FACE THE LOBBYISTS”

Daniel Minucci, leader of the Luz y Fuerza union, gave a speech highlighting the political aspect. “Today we are going through a déjá vu, that is to discuss again what we discussed with Macri in 2016. The menemato laws of the nineties were a RIGI, they were liberal laws with which a Peronist cannot govern. They want to put the ICSID as courts for disputes again when the National Justice should act because the ICSID is a court where the Argentine state lost all the trials.”

“We have to discuss the need for a public service with brave officials who confront the lobbyists.”he claimed.

“Today we have a sepoy who wants to sell to Argentina. They don’t feed the poor, they don’t want us to educate ourselves. They have won the cultural battle, we are discussing the rate and not the matrix. When the rate is cheap we complain that there are cuts because consumption increases, when the rate is expensive the service continues to be bad. “Companies don’t care because politics is whored.”

“Anything is possible, we can once again have a national energy company, but we must have officials with courage and put officials in place that work. Sometimes it seems to some officials that it doesn’t matter if they are in the government of Cristina, Macri, Alberto or Milei.”

“We have to go back to the bases, to a public service project. We workers have to be included. There are two things that cannot be left out of the project, the idea of ​​sovereignty and the presence of workers.”

“It is the opportunity to show the Argentine people that the only one that defends them is Peronism,” Minucci concluded.

EDUARDO BERROZPE: “There MUST BE ACCESSIBLE RATES FOR AND DIFFERENTIATED FOR SMEs; COOPERATIVES AND SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIPS”

The coordinator of the Avellaneda, Work and Production space, Eduardo Berrozpe, raised the need to defend and promote a series of strategic points.

“The intervention of the State is necessary in the regulation of the price of energy since it is a determining factor in the production of goods and services. “That there are accessible and differentiated rates for SMEs, cooperatives and social enterprises.”

Then he emphasized the need to “repeal Resolution 7/2024 of the Ministry of Energy that increased the wholesale price of electricity by 124%, affecting industries and businesses that suffered increases of 420 to 600%.”

“Also Gas repealing Resolution 41/2024 that increased the price of the Point of Entry to the Transportation System (PIST) for the winter period, generating a 300% increase in the value of the cubic meter.”
On the other hand, he stressed that the price of the rates must be based on the “real costs of production and distribution”, “support social rates since access constitutes a fundamental human right” pointing in that direction that the DNU should be rejected. 302/2024 that “repeals the price in telecommunications services.”

AVELLANEDA, PRODUCTION AND WORK

With this conference, the multi-sectoral Avellaneda, Production and Work where CGT organizations, both CTA, the UTEP, the local UIA, the Productive Front, the Union of Kiosqueros as well as SMEs and cooperatives come together, have held four meetings. The first last August at the Bicentennial House, then in November at the UTN, in January at the Wilde Cinema and now again at the Bicentennial House.

The objective of the space is to advance with the design of public policies on strategic issues for a nationally and popularly oriented government with productive development and national employment.

Presences

Héctor Villagra (UOCRA and CGT Regional Avellaneda – Lanús), Carlos Lombardo (Secretary of Production, Commerce and Environment of the Municipality of Avellaneda), Tupac Gómez (CTA Avellaneda), Francisco Ozemo (Federación Gráfica Bonaerense), Gustavo Ávalos (Frente Productivo Avellaneda) .

 
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