“We don’t leave local governments and vulnerable institutions alone with rising energy prices– wrote the Ministry of State Assets on Twitter. He added that the head of the ministry, Jacek Sasin, sent the prime minister a draft of a solution that would protect them from huge increases in electricity bills.
The project assumes: introduction of a maximum energy price at the level of PLN 618.24/MWh, representing a 40% increase over the 2022 average rate for households, vulnerable consumers and local governments.
Another solution is: introduction of a tax on extraordinary corporate profits before 2022, including energy companies. This is to “provide funds to support vulnerable recipients, local government units and other recipients.”
Sasin requests that the project be urgently examined by the Standing Committee of the Council of Ministers and: it was already submitted to the government on Tuesday 27 September.
Local authorities demand protective measures because: they just get proposals for new energy prices for 2023, which are even several times higher than they are paying this year.
Wroclaw Mayor Jacek Sutryk announced at a press conference on Tuesday that the only bid had been opened in the tender for the purchase of electricity for 2023. PGE’s offer was based on PLN 405 million. — This is an increase of more than 500 percent. Last year, our purchasing group in the city, consisting of 270 entities, paid a total of PLN 66 million for the purchase of electricity. So now we would have to pay 339 million PLN more. The situation is serious. The Polish state is in crisis – said Sutryk.
The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, spoke earlier about the tax on unexpected profits. In this way, the EU wants to limit the incomes of electricity producers and force fossil fuel companies to share the profits they make from rising energy prices.
— Today it is a mistake to make extraordinary record profits and profits from the war. Today, profits should be shared and spent on those who need them most – emphasized von der Leyen during her speech on the state of the European Union.