Gas prices in 2023 are to be reduced
– The solutions in preparation for gas will apply not only to households, but also to other entities – the price of gas is to be reduced in 2023, Deputy Minister of Climate and Environment Anna Łukaszewska-Trzeciakowska told PAP.
The deputy head of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage in an interview with PAP indicated that the ministry is working on a draft act on the gas market in 2023 – This will be the last regulation after the first gas act, the carbon allowance, the price of heat and the maximum electricity prices, which will close this package included in the anti-war energy shield. – she pointed.
In December last year The Sejm passed an amendment to the Energy Law, the purpose of which was to prevent surge in gas prices in 2022. Until June 30, 2022, gas sellers whose tariffs were approved by the President of the Energy Regulatory Office could submit for approval a tariff taking into account the gas purchase costs planned during its validity. If, at that time, the gas purchase costs increased beyond those planned, the seller could recover them in subsequent tariffs, applicable from the beginning of 2023. Increase in the next tariff established on the basis of these regulations during the 12 months following the period of application of the tariff to which the correction was made due to the increase in gas purchase prices, may not exceed 25 percent. the level of the average price that would have been determined without settling this adjustment.
Łukaszewska-Trzeciakowska explained that the draft project under preparation will be a continuation of the act of December last year. It is to provide for further compensation for gas sellers. She informed that so far PGNiG has received PLN 6.5bn in compensation due to the reduction of tariff increases.
–If we want to reduce the price of gas for consumers in 2023, we must somehow compensate the sellers for the difference in price, gas purchases on the market and sales – emphasized the deputy minister.
Łukaszewska-Trzeciakowska added that she cannot talk about the details of the project yet, including about the compensation PGNiG is to receive next year.
The deputy minister also referred to the European Commission’s proposal on maximum gas prices. She explained that the proposed “price corridor” would consist in closing the gas price in a “fork” from the top and from the bottom. – The European Commission is concerned that if we were to reduce gas prices only from above and not to close them from below, it would be something we do not want, which is an increase in demand. The problem that we are trying to solve, i.e. dependence on external resources, would only increase – she pointed out.
The deputy minister emphasized that from the Polish point of view, where gas is used to a lesser extent to produce electricity, rather as a raw material for industry and a source of heating for many homes, the price of gas should be as low as possible. – The cheaper, the more competitive our industry is. The EU’s point of view is slightly different – she added.
Anna Łukaszewska-Trzeciakowska recalled that Poland and many Member States also want all gas that “flows” into the EU to be captured. – I hope that this view will prevail and that all gas imported to the EU will be covered by it – she assessed.
At the EU summit in Brussels, the leaders of the 27 countries agreed that they would work together on “measures” to contain the rise in energy prices. In the summit conclusions, EU leaders asked their ministers and the Commission to “submit concrete decisions” on “a temporary dynamic price corridor in natural gas transactions” that would limit spikes in the price of gas used to generate electricity.
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