On the finish of final week, wholesale electrical energy costs reached new file highs and, with none intervention, this may result in the financial demise of a 3rd of French fruit growers.
On the twenty sixth of August, in the future after the launch of the French apple and pear marketing campaign which introduced a smaller however qualitative harvest for 2022, the value of electrical energy on the wholesale market exceeded 1,000€/MWh [1,000.03 USD/MWh] in France. A rise of greater than 1,000% in 2 years!
The apple and pear packing stations have been involved for months in regards to the evolution of power costs. Practically 1/3 of the amenities should renew their electrical energy buy contract by the tip of 2022. An evaluation performed by ANPP final June revealed that, for a packing unit of 20,000t per yr (French common) with 300€/MWh [300.01USD/MWh], the annual invoice had gone from 270,000 € [270,008.10 USD] to 1.3 million € [1.3 million USD]. In the present day, we’re above 4 million euros [4 million USD]!!!
The annual financial end result of those fruit stations doesn’t exceed 300,000€/yr [300,009USD/year]. Signing a contract of 4 million euros [4 million USD] is similar as declaring chapter. The suppliers are usually not fooled both, they don’t even supply them to the actors of the sector any extra. Including this load to the already fragile manufacturing is not possible and it’s also tough to cross all this improve in prices on to retailers and shoppers. Feeling trapped, French apple and pear producers and their hundreds of workers are actually in nice psychological misery, as they really feel fully deserted by the French authorities.
And but, the harvests have began and the fruits are going to storage. Opposite to many industries, the manufacturing can’t be stopped, except all of the fruits are destroyed. However feeding the French inhabitants nonetheless is the precedence of the sector!
The French authorities additionally share this goal, so solely a transparent and speedy safety measure will assist to cross this stage, to make it possible for French apples and pears can be accessible at an accessible worth by means of your entire season and to guard the sector’s 22,500 workers.
ANPP is demanding that the power measure of the resilience plan be tailored on this approach, with out additional delay. A part of the French meals sovereignty is at stake!