The National Council decides to curb electricity costs for larger

The National Council decides to curb electricity costs for larger families

The cost brake should apply to households with more than three people. An additional 105 euros per capita will be deducted from the electricity bill each year.

The special session of the National Council on Wednesday is not only about the SPÖ’s anti-price calls, but also about concrete measures by the coalition. An electricity cost brake for larger families with more than three people must be decided. According to the Ministry of Finance, an additional 105 euros will be deducted from the electricity bill for each additional head. The project will be debated and approved at the beginning of the meeting, at 10 am.

According to the ministry, the deduction should work largely automatically, namely with the next annual declaration. There are a total of around 700,000 addresses where more than three people are registered as their primary residence. More than half of them could be registered automatically and thus receive the supplementary scholarship without application. According to the financial department, an application model is being created from mid-April for addresses where this is not possible or where there is more than one measurement point with survey. Persons who are required to apply must be informed that they must apply.

One-time payment to energy suppliers

Power supply companies and grid operators will receive a one-time payment for processing costs, he said. Both EVUs and natural persons can be verified ex post by the Federal Accounting Agency. When invoices are submitted by energy supply companies and network operators, an initial check is carried out.

The model is referred to by the ministry as an “electricity cost supplement (top-up model)” and is decided in the Electricity Cost Subsidy Law. The ÖVP and the Greens are planning this in addition to the electricity cost brake that has been in effect since December 1, 2022 (which brings in around 500 euros per household) and the grid cost subsidy (max. 200 euros per household) .