Most municipal and municipal utilities will send out information letters to their customers by Friday. Most of the basic energy suppliers want to adjust their prices on October 1st. Blame the gas surcharge. FOCUS Online says which providers want to increase prices.

Around 30 million people in Germany use gas for heating, cooking or hot water.

From October 1st, the majority of gas operators in Germany want to increase prices. Around half of the German municipal and municipal utilities are affected. In addition to the new gas levy, providers are also taking the opportunity to raise prices overall. On average, consumers must expect an adjustment of 45 percent, as calculations by the comparison portal Verivox show.

The list is long. More than 200 municipal and municipal utilities announced by August 23 that they intend to raise prices from the beginning of October. By the end of the year, all gas suppliers in Germany will have raised their prices.

Karlsruher Stadtwerke, Stadtwerke Heidenheim, Energieversorgung Oberhausen, Stadtwerke Lingen, Albstadtwerke, Stadtwerke Augsburg, Berburg, Jena, Neuss, Wolfenbüttel and Dillingen are among the first suppliers to implement the gas levy on October 1st or Stadtwerke Aschaffenburg.

FOCUS online shows the list. These basic suppliers will raise their prices on October 1st.

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Unlikely. The adjustment turns out to be more severe.

The comparison portal Verivox emphasizes that the gas suppliers in Germany are gradually passing on the sharply increased procurement costs to their customers.

Apparently 170 providers have already announced price increases for the months of August, September and October. According to research by FOCUS Online, there are now at least 250. The gas levy is added to the adjustments. On average, tariffs will be adjusted by almost 45 percent.

The gas surcharge will be introduced from October 1st. It is initially 2.4 cents per kilowatt hour. It is intended to compensate for the increased procurement costs of large importers for missing deliveries from Russia in order to protect the company from bankruptcy.

With two additional allocations for network control (balancing energy) and gas storage, a total of 3.26 cents per kilowatt hour is to be paid, including 7 percent VAT.

At the same time, gas suppliers can raise the gas price at any time. If you buy expensive gas, you can pass the additional costs on to customers by amending contracts. Customers then have a special right of termination, but a change automatically leads to higher prices, since new customer tariffs apply.

Comparison portals such as Check24 and Verivox had already warned of a price explosion in autumn and winter.

A single household with a consumption of 4500 kilowatt hours per year and previous costs of 511.60 euros (almost 11 cents per kilowatt hour) now has to reckon with an additional burden of 741 euros (16.4 cents per kilowatt hour). That is a price increase of 230 euros or 5 cents per kilowatt hour.

For a three-person household, additional costs of an average of 1008 euros per year arise due to the gas levy and price adjustment.

The price adjustment when concluding a new contract is even more severe. On average, 34 cents per kilowatt hour will be incurred here from October 1st. In a single household, this means costs of 1530 euros. This makes additional costs of 127.50 euros per month.

Don’t.

In principle, customers have a special right of termination in the event of a price adjustment. However, a termination with a new contract with another provider is currently not worthwhile.

On the one hand, there are providers who do not accept any new customers at all and at the same time the prices are at a significantly higher level.

“Changing providers is currently difficult. In the event of lawful price increases, the contract should not be terminated in a hurry, but the market situation should first be explored,” says Julia Schröder, an expert on energy prices from the consumer center in Lower Saxony.

According to calculations, customers who switch providers currently pay 200 percent more in extreme cases.