The Labor Party and the Socialist People’s Party will submit a proposal to the Storting to increase the electricity subsidy from 55 to 80 per cent when the electricity price exceeds 70 øre per tonne. kilowatt hour (kWt).
This is confirmed by Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre (Labor Party) and Minister of Finance Trygve Slagsvold Vedum (Sp) to VG Saturday.
In the electricity package that was adopted before Christmas, the level of support was set at 55 percent.
In total, the electricity package from December and the new one costs NOK 8.9 billion. The increase from 55 to 80 percent support amounts to two billion kroner, the newspaper writes.
The adjusted scheme applies from January 2022 up to and including March and appears for the first time on the invoice received in February.
– We have a power system that follows precipitation, water filling and the energy situation in Europe. It has given us an extreme situation lately, with sky-high prices. The market does not take social considerations into account, but we can do that, says Støre about the increase in support.
When asked if they have been pressured to increase support at the request of LO and the Conservatives, the Prime Minister answers no.
– The government has been working on this for a while now. We have listened to people and see the need to help further, says Støre.
Right positive. Red: Not enough.
Tina Bru, fiscal policy spokesperson for the Conservative Party, writes in a comment: “The most important thing for the Conservative Party is that people get quick and good help in a completely extraordinary situation. We are therefore in favor of this proposal. ”
Bru expects the government to make an assessment of the costs for business and volunteering. She also writes that the Conservatives will continue to promote their proposal for an extra payment of 1000 kroner to all who are unemployed, laid off or on work clearance money.
SV leader Audun Lysbakken says that the party will vote for the government’s proposal for increased electricity support.
Rødt, on the other hand, believes that the proposal to increase the electricity subsidy to 80 per cent is not enough.
– Red proposed to increase it to 90 percent already in December. In addition, the threshold of 70 øre kWt is still abnormally high, says Storting representative Sofie Marhaug from Rødt to NTB.
KrF’s fiscal policy spokesman Kjell Ingolf Ropstad announces in a comment that it is good that the government is now investing in 80 per cent support for electricity prices above 70 øre pr. kWt. KrF pointed this out before Christmas.
Ropstad still believes that the government has not understood the seriousness. KrF still believes that the high bills for November and December must be covered by 80 percent.
Frp: – Only slightly larger crumbs for ordinary people
Frank Sve, FRP’s energy policy spokesman, points out in a comment that ordinary people still have to pay more than twice as much as the average price of electricity in the last eight years. He also believes that the government is downgrading support for industry and business.
“The state and the power municipalities will probably continue to collect extra income from the sky-high electricity prices, while ordinary people will only get a little bigger crumbs back from the public sector,” it says in Sve’s comment. He reminds that Frp last week was refused to promote a parliamentary proposal that would have compensated electricity customers with 80 percent all when the price exceeds 50 øre pr. kWt.
This is how the changes take effect
– We have listened to people’s feedback and are now making sure that the scheme is strengthened. It is important for us that people should be able to live ordinary lives, even though we are now experiencing completely unusual electricity prices. In Norway, we stand up for each other when it rains, writes Minister of Petroleum and Energy Marte Mjøs Persen in an e-mail to Aftenposten.
This is how her ministry believes that the changes will take effect:
• A detached house with an annual consumption of 27,000 kWh will receive NOK 2,463 in benefits for January, based on a power price of 143 øre per. kilowatt hour.
• An apartment with an annual consumption of 11,000 kWh consumption will receive NOK 1,004 in benefits for January, based on a power price of 143 øre per. kilowatt hour.
• If the compensation level had remained unchanged at 55 per cent, the support for January would have been NOK 1,694 and NOK 690, respectively, based on a power price of NOK 143 per tonne. kilowatt hour.