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Stromnetz Berlin GmbH releases estimates for grid usage fees
In the next year, grid usage fees, which every Berlin household electricity customer must pay on the basis of the number of kilowatt hours used and which cover energy transmission and the measuring services this entails, will remain stable. Processes for electricity meter operation and procedures for measuring and calculating consumption have been improved, leading to a slight drop in costs. The Federal Network Agency recently announced that the Berlin grid operator had achieved the highest possible efficiency rating of 100% in a Germany-wide study comparing grid operators.
Next year's Berlin grid usage fee, which are purely for electricity transmission costs, will stand at 5.09 cents per conducted kilowatt hour. The fee currently stands at 5.10 cents. Together with the lower operation, metering and billing fees for household meters, as of 1 January next year, grid usage fees for an average Berlin household whose annual electricity consumption amounts to 2,500 kilowatt hours will drop by €3.87 a year. Given that, on the whole, charges are expected to rise in Germany, the stable figures in Berlin are great news for all electricity customers.
Grid usage fees are a component of the price of electricity and are levied by all electricity suppliers operating in Berlin. On average, they account for around 20% of the price of electricity. Grid usage 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 high-voltage grid. The fees are determined in accordance with the standards issued by the Federal Network Agency.
Under Section 20 Paragraph 1 of the Energy Economy Law (EnWG), Stromnetz Berlin GmbH is obliged to make the grid access charges it has determined for the following year available online by 15 October each year. The estimated grid usage fees can be found at www.stromnetz-berlin.de as of today. The grid operator has informed all suppliers and grid customers of the grid usage fee adjustment today. The published fees are an estimate, and may be altered at any time before their entry into force on 1 January 2014.