Electricity and gas prices are rising sharply. This is also becoming a problem for municipal utilities. And representatives of municipal companies think little of some traffic light plans to limit the loads.
Ulm (dpa / lsw) - The approximately 100 municipal utilities in Baden-Württemberg are preparing for increasing payment defaults by customers in view of the high burdens caused by energy prices. "There are estimates that five to ten percent of customer payments could be lost at municipal utilities," said Klaus Eder, chairman of the regional group of the Association of Municipal Enterprises (VKU), the German Press Agency in Ulm. Normally, the failure rate is less than one percent. A loss of five percent of the income means a loss of 17 million euros for the Ulm municipal works.
According to the ideas of the traffic light coalition of the SPD, Greens and FDP, private households and smaller companies should receive the amount of electricity for "basic consumption" at a reduced price with the help of "accidental profits" skimmed off from suppliers, among other things. The so-called electricity price brake applies to this amount of electricity.
The VKU representative rated this proposal as particularly critical. Eder said: "It doesn't make sense to intervene in the existing market and introduce an electricity price brake. It would be better to reduce taxes on gas and electricity. This would lead to permanent relief." And it makes no sense to distribute 300 euros in energy money across the population.