France considers extending green energy tax: paper

Reuters News
Posted: Jul 26, 2015 8:36 AM

PARIS (Reuters) - The French government is considering a reform of the tax levied on power bills to fund renewable energy that would see it extended to natural gas and road fuels, the Journal du Dimanche newspaper said on Sunday.

Citing sources at the energy ministry, the paper said the government wanted to cut the CSPE tax, which accounts for about 15 percent of households' electricity bills and spread the 6 billion euros it costs annually to fossil fuels.

The reform would be introduced in the 2016 budget bill in September, the paper said.

No one at the energy ministry was available for comment.

(Reporting by Michel Rose, editing by William Hardy)