Government spokesman Piotr Müller announced that the Council of Ministers at Monday’s meeting adopted a draft law on freezing electricity prices for households in 2023.
The guaranteed price will apply up to 2,000 kWh per year for all households, up to 2,600 kWh per year for families with people with disabilities. As the spokesperson pointed out, a significant change has been introduced for large families and farmers – the electricity consumption limit will be raised to 3,000 kWh per year for them.
The draft adopted by the government shows that the 2,000 kWh limit is close to the average household energy consumption in 2020. After exceeding the consumption of 2 thousand, 2.6 thousand and 3 thousand kWh, respectively, for each consecutive kWh consumed, households will be billed according to the prices and fee rates that apply in the tariff of the given company from 2023 or, in the case of free market offers, according to the prices contained in the contract with the seller.
This means that every Polish family, including those consuming, for example, 2.7 kWh per year, will benefit from the price freeze up to a limit of 2,000 kWh. Only the excess over this limit (in the case of people with disabilities – 2,600 and families with the Large Family Card and farmers – 3,000 kWh) will be billed according to 2023 tariffs.
In addition, a special electricity allowance will be introduced for households that use electricity for heating – including the use of heat pumps. The amount of the allowance is PLN 1,000, while for annual electricity consumption of more than 5 MWh, it will be increased to PLN 1,500.
The government estimates that nearly 17 million households will benefit from the electricity price freeze next year. Around PLN 23 billion has been earmarked for these measures. According to the Government, the measures are intended to encourage people to save electricity.