Bad Lauchstädt / Berlin (dpa) – Economy Minister Robert Habeck expects that due to the gas surcharge, consumers will have to pay several hundred euros per year per household.
The amount of the contribution has not yet been finalized. But it will be 1.5 to 5 cents per kilowatt hour, said a green politician in Bad Lauchstädt, Saxony-Anhalt. In an average household of four consuming 20,000 kilowatt hours per year, you end up in the range of around one hundred euros – costs that add to the normal price increase.
The planned surcharge for all gas consumers is to apply from October 1. The exact amount of the surcharge should be published on the Internet by mid or late August, according to the circles of the Federal Ministry of Economy. It depends on what claims are being made by gas importers.
Last week, Chancellor Olaf Scholz called for a two cents per kilowatt hour increase in gas prices and mentioned additional annual costs of 200 or 300 euros for a family of four. The comparison portal Check24 calculated an additional cost of 476 euros for an annual consumption of 20,000 kilowatt hours and a 2% fee. This includes VAT. The surcharge is to be collected for one and a half years, i.e. until the end of March 2024. About half of all apartments in Germany are gas-heated.
By taking advantage of the fee regulated in the regulation, suppliers should be able to pass on sharply increased purchase prices caused by the throttling of Russian supplies to all gas consumers. As previously announced, the plan assumes that importers will be able to pass on 90 percent of the higher purchase costs through the fee. Importers still have to bear their own costs until the end of September. The surcharge must be paid by both companies and households. It is at the peak of normal price increases that are gradually sustained. The importers’ claim for compensation does not apply to all replacement purchase costs, but only to the purchase of imported quantities that were contractually agreed before May 1, 2022. This is due to the draft regulation available to the data protection authority.
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Due to the tense situation on the gas market, the surcharge is necessary in order to maintain gas supplies in the coming winter. “Without them, gas supply companies would be at risk throughout the entire supply chain,” said the minister. The fee should be the same for all suppliers. This means that the burden is distributed fairly over many arms.
Habeck said the surcharge is possible for all companies that need to replace Russian gas volumes. “Of course, it has to be proven and calculated afterwards. Thanks to this, we will avoid a mess. ” The fee is a signal of relief for companies. Habeck said he expects the pay-as-you-go mechanism to calm the market and stabilize the business.
On Thursday, the municipal cooperative VKU demanded a quick clarification in order to be able to legally inform customers about the amount of the gas surcharge. “Otherwise, municipal utilities will have to temporarily pay a fee for their customers that few can keep even for a short time,” she told a spokesman for the Union of Utilities (VKU) media group Funke’s newspapers. The association called for eight to ten weeks to be prepared. It would be even better if the fee was published only on the Internet and applied in the short term for all end customers without formalities, the spokeswoman said. Otherwise, energy suppliers and utilities would run the risk of “explosive failure and replacement costs”.
Habeck stressed that the relief would bring relief to those citizens who, due to the subsidy, found themselves on the poverty line. “This is not a good step, but it is a necessary step.” This becomes bearable through measures of social compensation. He did not provide any details on this.
Habeck called on citizens and businesses to join forces in the gas crisis. “We can all contribute and we all contribute, unless we turn a blind eye and turn our ears,” he said after visiting the Bad Lauchstädt energy park, when asked when he would start an emergency in a gas contingency plan. the rationing must have caused the gas. If gas consumption were reduced and energy was saved, there would be more freedom to avoid “awkward steps,” said Habeck. “And we also save money, all of us.”
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