03/13/2013, Berlin

BDEW electricity price analysis 2013:

Half of electricity price is taxes and levies

Model household with three people pays around 83 Euros per month for electricity / over 15 Euros per month just for the EEG (German Renewable Energies Act) levy

The level of taxes and levies has climbed to new record levels, now comprising 50 percent of the electricity price for households. Last year this proportion was still only 45 percent. A model household with three persons and an annual consumption of 3,500 kilowatt-hours today pays around 83 Euros (2012: 76) per month for electricity. Of that 83 Euros, 42 is for state taxes and levies alone. These figures were revealed by a recent study of the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft - BDEW) which looked at the changes in the basic supply tariff and the standard tariff products for domestic customers.

According to BDEW data, electricity prices for domestic customers in-creased by ten percent on average at the beginning of 2013. “Whilst the block of costs comprising state taxes and levies has continued to grow, the basic, net electricity price for production, transport and distribution has remained, on average, constant”, said Hildegard Müller, Chairwoman of the General Executive Management Board of BDEW. In particular, the heavily increased EEG (German Renewable Energies Act) levy has in-flated the price of electricity since the beginning of the year. A good 15 Euros (2012: 10) has to be paid by a model household each month this year for the support of renewable energies.

Müller: “The government has to get the growing financial burden on con-sumers, caused by the subsidisation of renewable energies, under control quickly. Therefore, it is important and right for an intensive political debate to be held at this point in time on limiting the costs of an ever increasing EEG levy as well as on a broad financing of the energy transition.”


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