After the basic electricity price rose sharply in 2022, the grid fee will become more expensive in the coming year than ever before. Households have to reckon with around a fifth more burden – in some federal states with significantly more.

A family of three in Brandenburg will pay over 150 euros more for the electricity grid fee in the coming year than in 2022. That corresponds to an increase of 43 percent – in addition to the skyrocketing price per kilowatt hour, which has more than doubled since the beginning of the year. By way of comparison: in the past 15 years, network charges have risen by around 68 percent on average across Germany. Households in Brandenburg reach this value almost overnight on New Year’s Day.

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The data comes from an analysis by the comparison portal Verivox, which evaluates the provisional network fees of the network operators for the year 2023. The figures cover two thirds of German households. According to Verivox, this is the largest annual increase in the history of the Federal Republic of Germany.

“The state urgently needs to introduce the electricity price brake that has already been announced in order to further relieve households in the energy crisis,” demands Verivox. In its third relief package, the federal government is initially providing almost 13 billion euros for the stabilization of network charges.

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According to Verivox, a family of three currently pays 2,153 euros per year for 4,000 kilowatt hours of electricity on average across Germany. With the rising network fees, the costs increase to 2227 euros – an increase of 74 euros.

As the example of Brandenburg shows, the additional burden is distributed very differently from region to region. People in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania (plus 43 percent/143 euros), Berlin (30 percent/79 euros) and Schleswig-Holstein (27 percent/106 euros) will also pay significantly more in 2023. The lowest increases in network charges are in Bremen (plus four percent), Thuringia (nine percent) and Baden-Württemberg (ten percent). In general, households in large northern countries pay the most.

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According to Verivox energy expert Thorsten Storck, the grid fees are increasing because the exploding electricity prices also result in significantly higher costs for the losses incurred during electricity transport. In addition, the upstream transmission network fees will increase in the coming year. Storck: “The energy crisis is also having an impact on grid fees.”

Grid fees are a kind of postage for electricity transport. They are made up of the costs for the large transmission lines and for the local distribution grids. According to industry information, the share of network charges in the electricity price for household customers will average a good 20 percent in 2022, but can vary greatly from region to region.

According to the newspaper Bild, the network fee for gas is also set to rise in the coming year: with annual consumption of 20,000 kilowatt hours from 379 to 420 euros – an increase of 41 euros or around one tenth. The picture quotes Steffen Suttner, Managing Director Energy at Check24: “Increasing network usage fees for gas are due to the reduced gas imports.” Less gas flows through the network, the costs incurred have to be spread over fewer kilowatt hours.

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