Saying no to electricity bill emergency: “Not meaningful”

There will be no electricity bill emergency to help households and businesses pay their electricity bills. “We see that it doesn’t make sense to go any further,” says Finance Committee Chairman Edward Riedl (M).

The Riksdag’s finance committee decided to say no to the Social Democrats’ proposal to establish an emergency electricity bill at a specially called meeting.

The industry organization Energiföretagen was also at the meeting to give their views. That contributed to the committee ending up with a no.

– The electricity companies say that they will not be able to help more customers with this proposal, but on the contrary, it may happen that fewer customers will be helped in the end. They don’t have the opportunity to get functioning IT systems in place and personnel who could handle this at such short notice, says Riedl.

– Then we think that the basis for an emergency electricity bill falls.

Damberg: “Incredibly disappointed”

Försäkringskassan has said that the promised electricity price subsidies to households in electricity price areas 3 and 4 can begin to be paid out at the end of February. The new support that the government recently announced – for households throughout the country – will be paid out sometime in the spring.

In the meantime, S wants people to be able to postpone or partially pay their electricity bills by the state issuing credit guarantees for the electricity companies. But it won’t be like that.

– I am incredibly disappointed, says Mikael Damberg (S), vice chairman of the committee.

– Many families and businesses received a shock when they opened the December bill, and there will be bills in January and February. It will be a tough winter.


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