Austria has decided to limit the country's electricity prices for a period of 18 months to help households deal with high energy prices, the Executive reported on Wednesday.
The EU is open to all kinds of measures to intervene in the market already in the face of Russian gas cuts
Specifically, the country's government has decided to set a price of 10 cents per kWh for the first 2,900 kWh of consumption by each household. This figure represents 80% of the average consumption of Austrian households, as pointed out by the Austrian Chancellor, the Christian Democrat Karl Nehammer.
"Nobody in Austria should not be able to cover their basic electricity needs," the president said, explaining that the price cap will come into force in December 2022 and will last until mid-2024.
The Executive considers that the design of this measure represents an aid to Austrian households and, in addition, encourages saving as there is a maximum consumption. Electricity consumed in excess of those initial 2,900 kWh will be paid at its normal price.
The Government estimates that the cost of this measure will be between 3,000 and 4,000 million euros for the program as a whole.