13.10.2020

High levels of investments lead to increased grid fees

Stromnetz Berlin publishes provisional grid fees for 2021

Berlin's households and companies can expect higher grid fees for 2021. Higher investments and in both the transmission network and the Berlin distribution network will lead to this increase. 50Hertz Transmission has already announced an average increase in its usage fees for the upstream transmission grid in the coming year.

Stromnetz Berlin Managing Director Thomas Schäfer says "We will continue our investment programme at a high level over the coming years. This will inevitably lead to higher costs, which are reflected in the changes to the grid fees. However, these investments are absolutely essential in order to meet the requirements for an efficient distribution network in the rapidly changing and growing city of Berlin."

In the coming year, the grid fees for Berlin's household customers will consist of an unchanged base fee of EUR 39.70 and a kilowatt-hour rate of 6.47 ct/kWh. An additional charge of EUR 8.44 will be applied for the operation of a conventional meter (single-tariff meter). For a Berlin household with an average annual electricity consumption of 2,200 kWh, this means an overall rise of approximately EUR 14.00 per year (an increase of 7.8%).

Grid fees are a component of the price of electricity and are levied equally via the tariffs of all electricity suppliers operating in Berlin. On average, they account for around 25% of the price of electricity. 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 determined in accordance with standards issued by the Federal Network Agency.

Under Section 20 Paragraph 1 of the Energy Industry Act (EnWG), Stromnetz Berlin is obliged to make the grid access fees it has determined for the following year available online by 15 October each year. You can now find the estimated grid fees on the website. 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 to the point that they enter into effect on 1 January 2021.