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Berlin's households and companies can expect slightly lower grid fees for 2019. There are various reasons for the reduction. For one, 50Hertz Transmission has announced a reduction in their usage fees for the upstream transmission grid during the coming year. Among other things, this is because fewer interventions for system stabilisation were necessary and because costs for offshore wind turbines will be allocated differently in future. It also reflects the effect of the German Grid Fee Structure Modernisation Act (NEMoG), which came into force on 22 July 2017 and provides for stepwise national standardisation of transmission grid fees.
However, there will only be a modest reduction in Stromnetz Berlin grid fees, due to the company's large capital expenditures. For 2018 alone, Stromnetz Berlin has budgeted a total of EUR 188 million in capital expenditures in the areas of digitalisation, urban growth, and maintenance and refurbishment of the distribution network. Stromnetz Berlin Managing Director Thomas Schäfer says "We will continue investing at the same high level in the coming years. This is also necessary to be able to meet the challenges of a changing and growing city."
In the coming year, the grid fees for Berlin's household customers will still be composed of a base fee of EUR 39.70 and a kilowatt-hour rate of 5.47 ct/kWh. There is also a charge of EUR 7.87 for operation of a conventional meter. For a Berlin household with an average annual electricity consumption of 2,200 kWh, this means an overall saving of about EUR 4.00 per year (a reduction of approx. 2%).
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. You can find the estimated grid fees at www.stromnetz.berlin/en/fees.htm. Stromnetz Berlin has thus informed all suppliers and network customers about the grid fee adjustment. All published fees are estimates, and further changes may still be made up until they come into force on 1 January 2019.