Electricity Prices for 4-Member Household Rose by 37% Since 2008 – State Induced Elements Account for 53% – EEG Surcharge Increase of 437%

According to calculations by the price comparison website Check24, a 4-member household with an electricity consumption of 5,000 kWh has to pay EUR 1,417 today, EUR 382 or 37% more than 2008 (EUR 1,035). State induced price elements meanwhile account for 53% (EUR 747.39) compared with 41% in 2008, with the Renewable Energy Sources Surcharge (EEG Surcharge) even rising by 437%. The actual electricity costs rose by only 10% in the period under review.

Eight duties, taxes and other state-induced price elements come on top of the core electricity costs and grid charges:

  • EEG surcharge (EEG-Umlage)
  • CHP surcharge (KWK Abgabe)
  • Concession fee (Konzessionsabgabe)
  • Section 19 para 2 StromNEV surcharge for network fee reductions for energy intensive companies (Umlage nach § 19 Abs. 2 StromNEV)
  • Offshore surcharge (Offshore-Umlage)
  • Surcharge for interruptible  loads (Umlage abschaltbare Lasten)
  • Electricity tax
  • VAT

Among these duties and taxes EEG and CHP surcharge costs rose by 370% for the 4-member household from EUR 67.40 in 2008 to EUR 317 in 2015. The EEG surcharge alone rose by 437% from EUR 57.50 to 308.50. With the EEG surcharge consumers pay for financial support to renewable power plant operators granted pursuant to the EEG. In 2015 the surcharge amounts to 6.17 ct/kWh after 6.24 ct/kWh in 2014 (the first slight decrease).

VAT increased by 37% from EUR 165.25 to EUR 226.24 in the period from 2008 to 2015.

The actual electricity costs (i.e. generation and sales costs) rose by only 10% (EUR 314.35 vs. 345.61).

Since 2014 electricity prices fell slightly by on average 1.5%, according to Check24 that says 450 electricity providers had lowered prices or announced to do so in April and May (Apart from the EEG surcharge decrease to 6.17 ct/kWh, household consumers benefit from a refund of the Offshore surcharge in 2015).

Source: Check24

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