Rising Grid Charges for 2013?

The majority of the German grid operators will increase grid charges by between one to twenty-three percent as of next year, only very few companies will lower their fees, Hamburg based utility Lichtblick says. 

Lichtblick markets green energy. Earlier this week the German transmission system operators (TSOs) already published a 47% higher renewable energy surcharge for 2013 and the preliminary offshore surcharge for 2013.

Pursuant to Section 20 para. 1 grid operators are obliged to publish the grid fees for the following year on 15 October. An official overview has not yet been published. The Federal Network Agency (BNetzA), however, confirmed that generally fees were rising, the newspaper Financial Times Deutschland (FTD) reported. In the past grid fees accounted for approximately 25% of electricity costs for household customers. From 2006 to 2011 the average grid charges for household customers fell by about 1.55 ct/kWh and by roughly 1.48 ct/kWh for commercial customers. The average grid costs for industrial customers were about 0.19 ct/kWh lower than in 2006 (Federal Network Agency Monitoring Report 2011, page 107).

Sources: Lichtblick; Financial Times Deutschland

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