Electricity price: Universities and ministry are giving back the hot potato
When announcing his plan to deal with the explosion in heating costs at the University of Strasbourg (Unistra), which he directs, Michel Deneken did not expect such an outcry. It was the closure of the buildings two weeks longer than usual that the whole community turned against him. The students, who had already been washed away from two years’ imprisonment, were worried. The unions accuse him of burdening these young people with energy bills. Worse, his own minister, Sylvie Retailleau, has scuttled a sobriety plan made “at the expense of the students”.
Catholic priest and theologian, who has been at the top since 2016, annoys him: “We must be right! We want to close for nine days, January and February are a far cry from the 500 days of distance that our students had to endure during the health crisis.” And get an interview with challenges to confront the government with its contradictions: “We are asked to be green and if we try to take a virtuous approach, we are beaten up…” Universities must indeed reduce their energy consumption by 10% by two years .
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