In the end, the federal government did not want to be accused of leaving the citizens, companies, tenants and social institutions alone with the high energy prices in the coldest months of the year, as the opposition, federal states and associations had complained. Instead of March 1, 2023, the gas and electricity price brake should therefore take effect on January 1. The state will then assume part of the additional costs that local customers have had to bear since Russia invaded Ukraine and stopped Russian gas supplies to Germany. In many cases, the payments on account by gas purchasers have multiplied, and electricity suppliers are also raising prices in droves these days. In the following, the SZ answers the most important questions about the energy price support.