Illegal parking in delivery places: Geneva tightens the screw

Illegal parking in delivery places: Geneva tightens the screw
Illegal parking in delivery places: Geneva tightens the screw

Half of energy suppliers in Switzerland are preparing to raise electricity prices for households by 30% or more next year, the Association of Swiss Electric Companies (AES) has calculated. Strong variations appear according to the regions.

The surge in prices results in particular from the rise in supply prices on the European market, as a consequence in particular of the war in Ukraine, but also of the energy crisis observed since the end of 2021.

Suppliers have until (this) Wednesday evening to announce their rates and costs for 2023 to Elcom, the independent federal electricity regulator. After examination, the supervisory authority will publish the prices on its website next Tuesday. That’s when the public will know all the changes in detail, said Elcom.

Substantial increases are looming, as several companies and authorities concerned have already announced. According to AES spokesman Julien Duc, based on a survey of a hundred electrical companies supplying more than half of final consumption in Switzerland, it is to be expected that half of them apply increases of 30% or more.

The median price of household electricity for next year should thus rise, according to the AES, to around 28 centimes/kilowatt hour (kWh), against 21 this year.

“Historical” increase: + 49%

There will be significant regional disparities. The Romande Energie group has thus announced a “historic” increase: electricity prices for most households will increase by 49%. Some consumption profiles may even see their kWh increase by almost two-thirds (+61%).

The measure responds to the explosion in electricity prices on the one hand, but also to the increase in remuneration for the use of the Swissgrid network. The company assures that the sharp increase in its prices will not result in an extension of its margins.

Viteos for its part, the largest electricity supplier in the canton of Neuchâtel, communicates increases of 52%. For an average household consuming 3,500 kWh per year, this increase represents approximately 36 francs per month.

The Schwyz company EWS is also planning increases of this order of magnitude. For its part, Groupe E announces a moderate increase, of less than 20% on average.

Besides Sarine too

In the city of Lausanne, the price of electricity will increase by 26%. For an average home consuming 2,500 kWh/year, this corresponds to an increase of 185.20 francs over the year. The Industrial Services of Geneva (SIG) announce them that the tariffs will be raised by 22% on average. According to the company, prices will remain the lowest in 2023 among major cities.

The situation is no better across Sarine. The Basel-Country energy company Primeo Energie has announced a 46% increase for a 5-room apartment with a consumption of 4,500 kWh, or 445 francs more over the whole year.

In central Switzerland, consumers supplied by CKW and EWL (canton of Lucerne), by EWO (Obwald), EBS Energie (Schwyz) and EWA Energie (Uri) will see their bills rise between 24 and 39%.

Multifactorial

The main reasons for this price surge are due to the explosion in electricity supply prices on the markets, recorded from the end of 2021 and itself caused by the increase in fuel and CO2 prices as well as by the shutdown of power plants, particularly in France, explains the AES.

The war in Ukraine made matters worse, causing an energy crisis as gas and coal imports from Russia plummeted. Finally, the drought did not help.

In general, it appears that energy suppliers that have their own power plants or have stakes in production plants can apply more moderate increases.

Thus, the EWN of Nidwalden or the Zurich company EWZ, thanks to their own production, do not need to increase their tariffs by more than 4%. The Bernese Driving Forces (BKW), which has its own power stations, even leaves its base prices unchanged.

According to Price Supervisor Stefan Meierhans, the costs for using the grid for the transmission of electricity in Switzerland are extremely high. The Federal Council would have the means to modify the framework conditions in order to lower these tariffs, he told Keystone-ATS.

This article has been published automatically. Source: ats

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