Saxony: Left call for quick action

Dresden (dpa/sn) - Saxony's government is confronted with numerous demands at the energy summit planned for Thursday.

Saxony: Left call for quick action

Dresden (dpa/sn) - Saxony's government is confronted with numerous demands at the energy summit planned for Thursday. On Wednesday, the left demanded that the cabinet in Dresden relieve households of the high energy prices and not wait for the federal government. "Instead of just talking, as with the hardship fund, the state government must act," explained Marco Böhme, parliamentary director of the left. The state government should cap gas and energy prices for private households itself.

"The price for an appropriate basic quota of electricity and gas must be limited to the pre-crisis level. The state must reimburse the municipal and private suppliers for the resulting loss of income, but based on the real costs," emphasized Böhme. In addition, his party is calling for a hardship fund. From this, Saxony should support private households who can no longer pay their gas, electricity and ancillary costs on their own or who are not or hardly relieved by the previous relief packages - such as pensioners. Böhme also called for a round table on "energy poverty" and made other demands.

The AfD, on the other hand, considered the energy summit to be a "superfluous PR event". "What needs to be done to massively reduce energy costs is obvious: Nord Stream 2 must be opened. In addition, all available nuclear and coal-fired power plants must be operated without a phase-out date in order to regain independence and security of supply," emphasized the parliamentary manager of the AfD Fraction, Jan Zwerg. The time for experiments with sun and wind is over.

For the Saxon energy summit on Thursday afternoon, the government has about 50 representatives from regional suppliers, municipalities, welfare organizations, the housing industry and other areas. It is unclear whether there are concrete decisions.

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