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Berlin's households and companies can expect lower grid fees for 2018. Thomas Schäfer, CEO of Stromnetz Berlin GmbH, explains the reasons for the reduction as follows: "For one thing, 50Hertz, which operates the upstream transmission grid, is achieving lower costs for redispatch measures. Furthermore, we're already seeing the effects of the grid fee modernisation act (NEMoG), which came into force on 22 July 2017." Among other things, the NEMoG stipulates that from 2018, the cost of avoided grid fees shall be restricted to that for 2016, which will lead to a significant cost reduction in the distribution network.
The act also states that a uniform amount for transmission grid fees should be set nationwide, with partial effect from 1 January 2019 and full effect from 1 January 2023. "We welcome equal distribution of the costs of the energy revolution. Even though we're not able to predict how the total costs will change overall, we are generally anticipating lower costs for Berlin's distribution network", continues Thomas Schäfer.
In the coming year, the grid fees for household customers will be composed of a base price of EUR 39.70 and a kWh rate of 5.58 ct/kWh. This is in addition to EUR 9.38 for meter operation. For a household with average annual electricity consumption of 2200 kWh, this represents an overall saving of EUR 18.00 per year (approx. -10 percent).
Grid fees are a component of the price of electricity and are levied equally via the tariffs of all electricity suppliers operating in Berlin. They account for around 25% of the price of electricity on average. Grid fees are made up of the costs for electricity transmission (grid usage fees), charges for meter operation, consumption measurement and consumption billing, and the costs of the upstream transmission grid. The fees are being determined in accordance with standards issued by the Federal Network Agency.
Under Section 20 Paragraph 1 of the Energy Industry Act (EnWG), Stromnetz Berlin GmbH is obliged to make the grid access fees it has determined for the following year available online by 15 October each year. The estimated grid fees have been available to view at the page fees since Friday 13 October 2017. Stromnetz Berlin has thus informed all suppliers and network customers about the grid fee adjustment. All published fees are estimates. Further changes may still be made up until 1 January 2018 when this comes into force.