Energy prices: Gas price brake: Federal government aims to relieve customers earlier

The federal government is aiming for the planned gas price brake to take effect earlier to relieve gas customers.

Energy prices: Gas price brake: Federal government aims to relieve customers earlier

The federal government is aiming for the planned gas price brake to take effect earlier to relieve gas customers. It is to be introduced for private households on March 1, 2023, according to a resolution proposed by the Federal Chancellery for the Prime Ministers' Conference on Wednesday. This was available to the German Press Agency on Tuesday. It goes on to say: "Retroactivity to February 1, 2023 is sought." The Funke media group and the "Spiegel" reported about it first.

The paper also states that the electricity price brake should have a relieving effect on January 1, 2023. A hardship regulation should also be financed from the funds of the so-called defense shield. This is intended to finance aid programs for areas in which, despite the electricity and gas price brake, there are financial burdens that cannot be compensated for by those affected. For this purpose, the federal government provides a total of 12 billion euros.

With the package of measures, the federal government is orienting itself towards proposals from an expert commission. The relief from the defense shield is to be financed in the amount of up to 200 billion euros, with which the federal government wants to cushion the consequences of high energy prices.

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