Habeck expects “several hundred euros for a household”

BAD LAUCHSTADT / BERLIN Economy Minister Robert Habeck expects that the surcharge for gas will cost consumers several hundred euros a 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, a Green politician in Bad Lauchstädt, Saxony-Anhalt, said on Thursday. 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 pass on to consumers in addition to normal price increases.

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. It is now clear that gas consumers can face much higher costs. The Verivox comparison portal calculated an additional cost of 89 to 298 euros for a single household with an annual consumption of 5,000 kilowatt hours. A typical household of a couple would pay between EUR 214 and EUR 714, a family in a detached house between EUR 357 and 1190. This includes VAT.

The surcharge is to be collected for one and a half years, i.e. until the end of March 2024. Many people are affected by this problem as around half of all apartments in Germany are heated by gas.

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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 reported, the plan assumes that importers will be able to pass on 90 percent of the higher sourcing costs. 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.

Due to the tense situation on the gas market, the surcharge is necessary to maintain gas supplies in the coming winter, the ministry informed. “Without them, gas companies along the entire supply chain would be at risk.” 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. ” It assumes that the mechanism will calm the market and stabilize companies.

Stadtwerke-Verband VKU called for a quick explanation 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 only published on the Internet and applied to all end customers on a short notice, without any formalities.

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. Consumer ombudsmen called for a rapid relief package by October at the latest. Finance Minister Christian Lindner (FDP) does not want to grant further allowances until 2023 at the earliest and points to a lack of freedom in the federal budget. Government circles indicated that only then would the first gas charges be settled for consumers.

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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