President Andrzej Duda signed an act intended to protect electricity, gas and heat consumers in the first half of 2024. The new regulations provide for, among other things, maximum electricity prices for households and small and medium-sized companies.
The purpose of the act is to limit, in the period from January 1, 2024 to June 30, 2024, the impact of price increases electricity pricesgas and heat on the most sensitive recipients of these products, including recipients who are households, local government units and public utility entities.
What’s in the bill?
The Act amending acts to support consumers of electricity, gas fuels and heat, the starting point of which was the parliamentary bill submitted by the KO and Polish 2050-TD MPs, assumes the extension until June 30, 2024 of the maximum electricity prices for households at PLN 412 per MWh net to the current level of consumption limit, reduced by 50%, because the regulations are to be valid for half a year. Above the limit, the rate of PLN 693 per MWh is to be maintained as the maximum price. The same maximum price is to be paid by local governments, public utility entities, small and medium-sized enterprises and farmers. The maximum price for electricity also applies to municipal companies operating sports facilities, such as sports halls or swimming pools.
The Act maintains the current solutions regarding limiting gas and heat prices for the first half of 2024. Provided for by another act protective accessories in 2024 they will be 50%. current amounts, because these solutions are to be valid for six months. Additionally, the amounts of the protective allowance in 2024 will be indexed with an index inflation for 2022
The source of financing was indicated as the COVID-19 Fund, which will be financed from the gas write-off that goes to the Price Difference Payment Fund for 2022 and other funds. The Act introduces the need to transfer the gas write-off to the Fund retroactively for 2022.
The Act enters into force on December 31, 2023.
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