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Forecast of consumer portal: Network charges drive up gas prices

2019-10-16T14:50:25.231Z

The prices of electricity are rising sharply. Consumers could now also have to pay more for gas even though prices fall in wholesale. The reason is rising network costs.




The import prices for gas are falling, but consumers will probably have to pay more money soon: the charges for the gas networks could increase in 2020 nationwide on average by about three percent. This emerges from a forecast of the Internet portal Check24.

The reason for the rising prices are network charges. They account for around a quarter of the gas price - and are forecast to increase sharply - to an average of 377 euros next year with a model household with a consumption of 20,000 kilowatt hours. According to the Verivox portal, however, there are strong regional differences - from plus twelve percent in Hamburg to minus four percent in Saarland. At Check24, the regional figures look a little different: Experts expect declines of no more than one percent in some states.

Higher network charges in the area

Both Internet portals are working with preliminary data from major distribution system operators; a complete overview for the next year does not exist yet. In the federal average, the increase would be about eleven euros. The highest network fees pay with 511 euros per year consumers in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the lowest with 294 euros the gas customers in Berlin. This is partly due to the fact that a pipeline network in a sparsely populated area generates more costs per user than in a densely populated city.

Only recently had it become known that German consumers also have to pay significantly more money for electricity. On average, almost 300 euros more than ten years ago to be due. In the gas price, on the other hand, imports and wholesale prices have fallen by a third on the European market since the beginning of the year. The end customers have hardly benefited from it so far or not at all. "The gas price level in this heating season will remain high," said Valerian Vogel of Verivox. "Hardly any local gas supplier has announced price reductions so far."

Experience has shown that it takes more than a year for lower wholesale prices to have a significant impact on the price level for private consumers. Check24 CEO Lasse Schmid predicts: "Rising user charges suggest that gas prices will rise in the coming year."

Source: spiegel

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