Electricity prices increase due to rising energy turnaround charges
The Confederation has hiked its charges for supporting renewable energies. EBM will therefore have to increase its electricity prices as from 1 January 2015 by around 4% despite a slight drop in energy procurement costs and internal savings. A cross comparison shows, however, that EBM still provides all of its customers with electricity at a great price.
The electricity price is composed of the three factors energy, grid utilisation and charges imposed by the Confederation, cantons and municipalities. Thanks to a slight drop in energy prices in the market and internal savings, EBM will be able to drop its energy price by an average of 1.4% in 2015. EBM's own share in the costs for grid usage also remains stable. The costs for the Swiss transmission grid are rising marginally. The Confederation is increasing its charges for supporting renewable energies (cost-covering remuneration for feed-in to the electricity grid – CRF) and water protection from CHF 0.006 to CHF 0.011 per Kilowatt hour across all of Switzerland. This will put up EBM's electricity price by an average of 4%, or CHF 0.0059 per Kilowatt hour as from 1 January 2015. The exact increase will depend on customers' products and usage profile. A four-person household will pay an additional CHF 25.00 on average in 2015. A cross comparison shows, however, that EBM still provides all of its customers with electricity at a great price.
Saving energy pays off
EBM supports its customers' energy-saving efforts with targeted offers, thus saving the environment and especially their household budget. EBM's energy consulting team shows customers how to use energy more efficiently as well as renewable energies, environmental heat, heat pumps and green household appliances. The "EBM Energybox" at www.ebm.ch lets customers discover the energy savings potential within their homes. EBM, a partner of the Energy Agency of the Economy (EnAW), provides consulting services specifically tailored for small and medium-sized companies to help them reduce their energy use sustainably and efficiently.
- Thomas Wälchli, Director of EBM Energie AG, phone +41 61 415 43 45
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