Consumer Protection Minister Steffi Lemke (Greens) has announced a moratorium on electricity and gas cuts in the event of a further increase in energy prices.
It can happen that in the event of an absolute crisis, the Federal Network Agency allows energy companies to pass on increased prices to consumers despite a price guarantee, Lemke told “Bild am Sonntag” We then need a moratorium on electricity and gas cuts for consumers and in the event of a crisis, we would also have to decide on another aid package.
“On the one hand, it must be ensured that the suppliers can maintain the energy supply in the country, said the Green politician” and on the other hand, in such a crisis situation, nobody should have their electricity or gas cut off because they are in arrears with the bill.”
In addition, energy companies are only allowed to stop deliveries to their customers three months in advance, said Lemke. “At the moment the gas supply is secured, but yes: we have to be prepared for difficult times in winter when consumers need special protection.”
Federal Government , “that energy companies must inform their customers three months in advance if they want to stop supplying energy”. This prevents a situation like last winter, when cheap electricity providers simply stopped delivering in rows.