German consumers to get energy price relief from January – POLITICO

Germany’s gas and energy price relief measures will apply from January, government officials said on Tuesday.

Payments are effective from March 2023, but the months of January and February will be credited retroactively. Industry will receive gas relief from January.

The €200 billion ‘double-kaboom’, as Chancellor Olaf Scholz coined the plans, distinguishes between gas and electricity aid.

The plan comes as industry and consumers grapple with soaring energy prices due to Russia’s war in Ukraine and inflation. The move previously sparked anger in Europe, with France saying Germany risked creating an unfair advantage for its industry over poorer European countries that cannot afford such support measures.

Private households and businesses with an annual gas consumption of less than 1.5 million kilowatt hours, as well as educational and healthcare facilities, will benefit from a gas price cap of 12 cents gross per kilowatt hour from March 2023 April 2024 for 80% of their previous consumption. Relief amounts for January and February will be credited in March.

For industry, the gas relief will already apply from January, since the price per kilowatt hour will be capped at 7 cents net. Companies with an annual gas consumption of more than 1.5 million KWh will receive a guaranteed price of 7 cents per KWh for 70% of their consumption volume in 2021.

The electricity relief will also apply from March 2023 to April 2024, with amounts for January and February to be credited in March. Electricity prices for private consumers and small and medium enterprises whose annual consumption does not exceed 30,000 KWh will be capped at 40 cents per gross KWh. This applies to the basic requirement of 80% of previous consumption.

For industrial customers, the limit is 13 cents plus taxes, levies and surcharges for 70% of previous consumption.

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