Households and smaller companies with an annual consumption of up to 1.5 million kilowatt hours receive the one-time relief payment. Certain facilities in the care and education sector and in medical care also receive emergency aid, even if their consumption is higher.
The law requires natural gas suppliers to credit consumers with a one-time relief amount. The amount is therefore to be offset against the first invoice from the natural gas supplier, the billing period of which covers the month of December 2022.
Tenants should receive the December relief with the next annual heating bill. Landlords have one year to prepare and submit the statement - but must provide information on the estimated credit as early as this December.
According to the government, the relief is in the "higher single-digit billion range". They are to be financed from the Economic Stabilization Fund.