Erfurt (dpa/th) - According to the ideas of the left-wing faction in the state parliament, Thuringia should set up an energy hardship fund to relieve low-income households in 2023. This emerges from a position paper by the parliamentary group, which is available to the dpa news agency. In addition, the state should set up programs to support municipal companies that have liquidity problems.
In addition, the parliamentary group wants to introduce inexpensive basic quotas for electricity and gas based on the size of households through municipal energy companies. No information was given on the financing of the project.
For implementation, the parliamentary group proposes a round table in which the state government, social associations, municipal energy suppliers and the municipal umbrella organizations should be involved. This round table can regularly discuss measures to relieve the burden on citizens and municipal companies in Thuringia and develop recommendations for action.
The parliamentary group appealed to the federal government to introduce state price supervision in order to cap rising energy and gas prices. In addition, electricity and gas cutoffs should be banned by law and energy companies should be given an appropriate share of the social costs in the crisis through an excess profit tax, according to the left.