New gas record, this is how much more will be paid in the first three months

The average family in the first quarter of 2022 will pay 370 euros more next year than in the first three months of this year.

In the last year, according to the latest ISTAT data, the cost of energy for families and businesses has risen by 31 per cent (+41.8 per cent for the regulated market and +24.3 per cent for the free market). And the increases do not seem destined to stop, for now: according to rumors, the energy regulator will communicate new strong increases also for the beginning of January, almost certainly double-digit.

+370 euros per family

In short, a significant drain awaits us for 2022: according to a simulation by for Sky TG24 in the first three months of 2022, if prices were to increase as they had risen in October and taking into account the intervention of the government, the family media will pay 370 euros more than in the first quarter of this year.

In short, the money put into budget law will lighten the bill, but without being able to cancel the increases. The government has allocated € 3.8 billion for the first three months of 2022, more than it has already spent this year. The possibility of paying bills in installments, at most in ten months and without interest, has also entered into budget law.

Gas (more and more) records

But there is no maneuver that holds: bills will not go down until the price of natural gas, that is to say methane, does. Since the summer it has substantially quadrupled, exceeding its historical peak day after day.

The reasons are to be found in the lack of reserves of some European states and in the geopolitical tensions involving Europe and Russia. It is above all the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline that worries the market: blocked by Germany and opposed by the United States while it would be a strategic asset for Putin’s Russia.

In fact, from gas we produce 40 percent of the energy used in Italy, including heating and electricity, and we import almost half of it from Moscow. Dependence on gas is here to stay: to eliminate coal and reduce oil from the energy diet of European countries, methane will be the basis of energy production. This is why the Commission has also included gas among the energy sources that can receive public subsidies, but only if compatible with the climate objectives. Green light therefore to investments that replace more polluting sources or that foresee the use of hydrogen in the future.