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Essen. The Association of Local Company is calling for an insolvency moratorium for energy suppliers. The background to Stadtwerke is that up to 15 percent of their customers will soon no longer be able to cope with electricity and heating costs.
in view of the high loads from the energy crisis and inflation, the municipal utilities in Germany are preparing for a rapidly increasing number of defaults on payment on the part of customers. “So far, payment failures have been below one percent. Now many municipal utilities are praising up to eight percent of losses. However, there are also municipal utilities that calculate with a failure of up to 15 percent. That will then be threatening, ”said Ingbert Liebing, managing director of the Association of Local Company (VKU), the newspapers of the Funke Mediengruppe.
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Liebing requested an insolvency application moratorium for energy suppliers. In addition, relief is still needed in autumn. Specifically, Liebing proposes to reduce VAT not only for gas, but also for electricity and heat to seven or five percent and to reduce electricity tax to the permissible minimum. In addition, those who were just above the transfer reference must be helped. “The proven instruments such as housing allowance and heating grants must be used. The income limits should be increased in order to expand the recipient circle. ”
At the same time, the municipal utilities expect significant price premiums for consumers. “The price increases are currently often between 30 and 60 percent. But there are also municipal utilities that have to double their prices. Sometimes more, ”Liebing told Funke Mediengruppe newspapers. "Price increases will also be expected in the coming year, since the municipal utility company has accelerated in the long term."
is currently still being used that had been bought at cheaper conditions one or two years ago. “And when we look at the stock exchange, we come from less than 20 euros per megawatt hour at the beginning of last year and are now more than 300 euros per megawatt hour. Such prices are reflected in the price formation for end customers in the medium term. ”
future price increases would also depend on whether there are further delivery interruptions of Russian energy. Liebings, Liebings, is only politically motivated by the Nord Stream 1, planned from Wednesday. One is well advised to prepare for a "permanent reduction in deliveries to zero."
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