In view of the ManyElectronics policy shift (Energiewende) that aims to replace conventional power largely by renewable power, Saxony’s state premier Stanislaw Tillich demands nationwide uniform grid charges in place of the current system of regionally differing charges, which puts structurally weak areas at a disadvantage, the newspaper BIZZ energy today writes.
A yet unpublished study by Dresden University of Technology (TU Dreseden) professor Dominik Möst on behalf of Saxony showed that the (less populated) Eastern German states, Schleswig-Holstein and parts of Bavaria would benefit from uniform grid charges, BIZZ energy today says.
Presently grid fees are charged by regions. As a consequence charges are higher in less populated areas as costs can only be spread among fewer consumers. According to the Annual Report 2013 published recently by the regulator, the Federal Network Agency, over all grid fees for household customers amount to 6.52 ct/kwh (including metering and billing) representing 22% of the electricity costs (cf. Annual Report 2013, page 38). Yet costs differ largely BIZZ energy today points out. In the North Bavarian town of Aschaffenburg (south-east of Frankfurt) household consumers pay only 4.1 ct/kWh, while customers in Lindau at Lake Constanze have to pay 7.2 ct/kWh. Consumers in eastern Germany have to pay even more, e.g. 8.5 ct/kWh in the Ore Mountains, 9 ct/kWh in the administrative district of Rostock and even 9.5 ct/kWh in (sparsely populated) Havelland in Brandenburg.
According to the study, uniform grid charges would mean 7.7 ct/kWh for household consumers and commercial consumers and staggered charges of 2.9 ct/kWh on average for industrial consumers, BIZZ energy today says.
Source: BIZZ energy today