At the same time, Böhme sees this as an incentive to urgently save energy, which Robert Habeck also called for again in his statement. According to the left-wing politician, one should orientate oneself to Spain and Portugal and cap fuel and fuel prices in the future. “We have to avert another explosion in costs. The state has to ensure that the public utilities, for example, remain able to act.”
Energy group E.ON: End customer prices must be checked
Of the energy company E.ON expects wholesale gas prices to remain high, but is still leaving open the possibility of its own price increases for its customers. The group told the Reuters news agency that one could not escape the higher price level for a longer period of time and had to check the end customer prices accordingly. To what extent E.ON will therefore have to further adjust its prices this year cannot yet be said.
Chemical Association: fair burden sharing between industry and private households
The German chemical industry called for a fair distribution of burdens. The German Association of the Chemical Industry (VCI) explained to the German Press Agency that the reduction in Russian gas supplies is presenting society and industry with ever greater challenges. “It is important to develop a transparent process that distributes the unavoidable burdens as fairly and tolerably as possible to all gas consumers,” said Managing Director Wolfgang Große Entrup.