About "5.8 million households" will be affected. The 2023 energy check will be paid "from April 21", announced this Monday the Minister of Energy Transition Agnès Pannier-Runacher on the airwaves of RMC. "It covers an amount that ranges from 48 to, about 200 euros depending on your level of income. It is automatic and you can use it to pay your bill for electricity, gas, wood, all the energy that is used to heat you," she added.
Distributed since 2018, the energy voucher is paid once a year in the spring, to which was added at the end of 2022 an exceptional cheque of 100 to 200 euros for 12 million households. In addition, and also subject to means-testing, a fuel check of 100 to 200 euros, aid of 50 to 200 euros for those heating with wood and a fuel allowance of 100 euros have also been announced since the end of 2022.
An energy shield on electricity
The government has also limited the increase in electricity sales tariffs to 15% in 2023, after 4% in 2022. The Court of Auditors on Friday urged the government to "definitively" get out of "whatever it costs" and to make the recovery of public finances deteriorated by successive crises "a national priority", strangling a lack of ambition in this area.
While the tariff shield on electricity and gas, the rebates at the pump or the energy voucher allowed the France to post the lowest inflation rate in the euro zone last year, these measures represent a net cost of nearly 43 billion euros over two years.
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