New energy prices for households from today. How much will the bills increase?

Luc Williams

New energy prices

From July 1 until the end of the year, a new maximum price for electricity for households applies – PLN 500 per MWh net, regardless of energy consumption. Under the regulations in force until June 30, households paid PLN 412 per MWh net up to the designated consumption limits. After exceeding them, the price was PLN 693 per MWh. The President of the Energy Regulatory Office approved new tariffs for the so-called ex officio sellers at an average level of PLN 622.8 per MWh net, but for households tariff prices after July 1 do not matter – they will still pay PLN 500 per MWh.

From July 1, PLN 693 per MWh will be maintained as the maximum price for other so-called recipients indicated in the Act. sensitive. These include local governments, housing cooperatives, schools, nurseries, hospitals and small and medium-sized companies.

Impact of new prices on bills

As estimated Energy Regulatory Officethe change in the frozen price from PLN 412 to PLN 500 per MWh as of 1 July will translate into approximately PLN 14.50 more on the monthly bill for a household with average electricity consumption.

Also, from July 1, the freeze on another item on the electricity bill – distribution fees – will be lifted. They are increasing from PLN 289 to PLN 430 per MWh, which, given the average household consumption, means about PLN 23.50 more per month. At the same time, the act exempts households from another item on the bill – the capacity fee, which for the average customer amounts to PLN 10.64 net per month. Ultimately, the bill for such an average household will increase by PLN 27.50 net per month, or by over PLN 33 after adding VAT and excise duty.

Before the entry into force of the Act, some sellers sent payment forecasts to recipients based on the then legal status, which did not provide for any protective mechanisms for recipients after July 1, 2024. Therefore, these forecasts were significantly higher. Trading companies announced that they would revise these forecasts.

Gas consumers

For so-called eligible gas recipients, the maximum price of PLN 200.17 per MWh will disappear as of July 1. The new maximum price will be the tariff of the largest retailer PGNiG Obrót Detaliczny, already approved by the President of URE, which all sellers will have to apply to eligible customers. It amounts to PLN 239 per MWh net after a drop from PLN 290 per MWh. Despite this, recipients will pay more due to the elimination of the maximum price of PLN 200.17 per MWh.

The total amount of the gas bill for households, in addition to the fuel fee, also includes distribution service fees and subscription fees. The subscription fee is frozen at the current level until December 31, 2024 and will range from PLN 3.35 to PLN 6.4 per month, depending on the recipient group.

Distribution fees

However, distribution fees are unfrozen. In the case of Polska Spółka Gazownictwa, responsible for the distribution of gas fuel in most of Poland, the average rates of PSG distribution fees from 1 July this year will amount to PLN 126.69 per MWh, PLN 67.86 per MWh and PLN 65.23 per MWh, depending on the customer’s tariff group, which means an increase of approx. 27 percent.

As a result, as estimated by the Energy Regulatory Office, for an average household customer the bill for gas purchased from PGNiG OD who uses PSG’s distribution services will increase by an average of 20%.

Energy Voucher

Submissions will be possible from August 1 to September 30 energy voucher applications – one-off cash benefit for lower-income households. The amount of the voucher will depend on the number of people in the household. Thus, single-person households will be entitled to support in the amount of PLN 300, two- and three-person households – PLN 400, households with four to five people will receive PLN 500, and households with six or more people – PLN 600. If your household uses heating sources powered by electricity, the value of the energy voucher will increase by 100%. Depending on the size of the farm, it will range from PLN 600 to PLN 1,200.

Two income thresholds will apply to the payment of the voucher: up to PLN 2,500 for single-person households and up to PLN 1,700 per person for multi-person households. The “zloty for zloty” rule will also apply to the payment of the voucher. This means that the voucher will be awarded even after exceeding the income criterion, but its value will be reduced by the amount of this exceedance.

According to the regulations, an application for the payment of an energy voucher will have to be submitted to the mayor, mayor or city president competent for the applicant’s place of residence. According to declarations of the Ministry of Climate, payments of benefits under the voucher should take place at the end of 2024. (PAP)


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