SPAIN’S inflation rate has hit its highest mark since September 2008 due mainly to rising power prices.
The National Statistics Institute(INE) said this Thursday that last month’s rate stood at 4%, as opposed to August’s 3.3%.
The INE said electricity bills went up by nearly 11% in September and have risen by 44% over 12 months.
But for the government intervening to slash taxes on domestic power bills, power prices would have risen by 61% resulting in an inflation rate of 4.5%.
There is no immediate prospect of an inflation slowdown as wholesale electricity prices continue to rise and business users will almost certainly pass on some of their increased costs to consumers.
Spain has taken more radical action than its European Union counterparts to buffer consumers against bill hikes.
It’s tried to persuade the EU to take regional action but it has not been satisfied with the response so far.
The EU set out proposals on Wednesday to help the most vulnerable citizens and companies from the unprecedented surge in prices.
Spain’s Ecological Transition minister, Teresa Ribera, said: “The proposals don’t address the exceptional nature of the situation we’re in, with exceptional measures to meet the challenge we have ahead.”
“It would be a shame if Europe doesn’t rise to the challenge, trying to correct and contain the bleeding that would occur in the broader European economy if it doesn’t react,” Ribera added.
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The hike in electricity prices, which affects the entire EU, may simply be caused by mere speculation. In the EU Green Deal for this year,a price for Carbon-Dioxide certificates of 25 Euros was planned. But at the special exchange for those certificates the price is already at 60 Euros which is the planned price tag for year 2030.
At the normal public exchanges you may already bet on the price of CO2 certificates by derivatives which are emitted by Societé Génerale and others. If those bets were forbidden, prices for consumption of electric power may drop soon.