EDF : EDF : Agreement on the repayment of the CSPE deficit
Agreement on the repayment of the CSPE deficit
EDF and the French State have reached an agreement whereby EDF will receive
full compensation for having borne the cumulated financial deficits related to
the Contribution to Electricity Public Services (CSPE) mechanism over the
The CSPE was designed as a tax levied on electricity end-customers' bills. Its
level is set by the State and its purpose is to enable French electricity
incumbent players, like EDF, to recover the extra charges incurred in
performing their mandatory public service assignments. As such, the CSPE
contributes to the financing of the development of renewable power generation,
of the social electricity tariffs and of the nationwide equalization of
electricity tariffs. Since 2007, the level set for the CSPE collection has
been insufficient to compensate for the increase in the charges. This resulted
in the accumulation of a CSPE deficit, borne by EDF only, which weighs on the
The agreement found between EDF and the French authorities will provide the
reimbursement by the French State of the receivable made of the CSPE deficit
as of 31 December 2012 of c. €4.3 billion^(1) and of the cumulated implied
financing costs of this deficit of c. €0.6 billion. This receivable of c. €4.9
billion will be staggered according to a gradual schedule and will be fully
repaid by 31 December 2018. The outstanding receivable will bear interest at
Following the above-mentioned agreement, EDF will account for a financial
income of c.€0.6 billion stemming from the recognition of repayment of the
historic CSPE deficit financing costs as of 31 December 2012^(2).
Discussions between EDF and the French State continue in order to relief the
Group net financial debt, on which the CSPE deficit currently weighs.
(1) The final receivable amount will be confirmed later in 2013 when the
French energy regulator (CRE) will validate the actual CSPE deficit for 2012.
(2) The detailed accounting impacts of the agreement will be published with
EDF's 2012 financial results on 14 February 2013
EDF: solution to CSPE
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