The high and rising energy prices continue to cause problems for consumers and politicians. At the political level, a package of measures was presented in Brussels on Wednesday. The EU Commission proposed numerous instruments to the member states to counter the significantly higher energy prices.
Energy Commissioner Kadri Simson said the states could issue vouchers to low-income households or lower tax rates in a targeted manner. State aid and targeted tax cuts are also possible for companies. This could be financially supported by the increased revenues of the European emissions trading.
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The role of consumers in the energy market can be strengthened by encouraging them to choose and switch providers, produce their own electricity or join energy communities, Simson said. However, she stressed that the individual Member States do not “have exactly the same energy mix or identical social situations. Therefore, the actions of the Member States must also be specific. “
Tenants’ Association warns of “ancillary costs explosion”
The EU’s proposals arouse desires. The German Association of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (DMB) demanded both short-term relief for companies and a long-term strategy against rising energy prices from the federal government.
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The tenants’ association and consumer advice centers also warned in a joint statement that there would be no countermeasures by the new government against an “explosion in utility costs”. Government spokesman Steffen Seibert made it clear on Wednesday, however, that no measures are currently being planned.
Gasoline prices close to the record level
The energy prices can also be read very clearly at the petrol stations. In the meantime, Diesel and Super E10 have reached nine-year highs, as the ADAC announced on Wednesday. Only in the record year 2012 was fuel a few cents more expensive.
Diesel in particular increased: On Tuesday, according to ADAC, fuel cost 1.526 euros per liter on a national daily average – 4.8 cents more than a week ago. E10 also became much more expensive. On Tuesday it was € 1.647 per liter, 3.8 cents more expensive than a week ago.
According to the ADAC and the Mineralölwirtschaftsverband (MWV), the most important drivers are crude oil prices, which were recently in the region of multi-year highs. In addition, the stronger dollar is noticeable as crude oil is settled in the US currency.
In turn, the high gas prices are also causing more and more difficulties for the large energy companies. Eon even stopped new gas business with private customers for the time being. “Unfortunately we cannot offer you any natural gas products at the moment,” read the energy company’s customer website on Wednesday.
The Eon rival EnBW did not completely stop the new customer business. But he reduced his marketing activities significantly and asked the comparison platform Verivox, for example, to temporarily take its offers out of mediation, as a company spokesman confirmed. (with AFP and dpa)