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Price of electricity falls

Prices for electric power from EBM are poised to fall by an average of 2.4 percent for domestic customers in 2018. For a household of four with an annual consumption of 4,500 kilowatt-hours, this represents a saving of 36 Swiss francs per year. The main reason for the drop in prices is that compared with 2017 procurement costs are lower thanks to long-term contracts.

For years, EBM has been calculating its electricity prices based on market conditions. Consequently, it passes on cost increases as

well as cost decreases directly to its customers. In the coming year, costs will fall thanks to long-term procurement contracts. As a result, energy prices for domestic customers may fall by an average of 11.8 percent. Thanks to consistent management of costs, the grid usage prices (costs for the transformation and distribution of electric power) are remaining stable.

The various statutory levies are changing in different ways. While the costs for system services will again fall this year (-0.08 cents per kilowatt hour), the additional charge for decentralised production will rise by +0.04 cents/kWh. The Swiss Federal Council has not yet definitively established the level of the grid surcharge (statutory levy for the promotion of electricity produced from renewable sources and for water quality improvement work). The Swiss Federal Office of Energy is expecting the level to rise from 1.5 cents/kWh to 2.3 cents/kWh, which the EBM has taken into consideration in its electricity prices for 2018.

Taking all the changes into account, a household of four with an annual consumption of 4,500 kilowatt-hours will save 36 Swiss francs per year. The saving for a single-person household consuming 1,600 kWh per year will be 13 Swiss francs. The effective savings will vary depending on the customer segment and consumption profile (high or low tariff rates).

The price of electricity for industrial and commercial customers will fall by an average of 1.9 percent. Within the spirit of the cooperative, EBM is therefore still able to offer its customers advantageous prices.

(For breakdown of electricity prices for domestic customers for 2018, see chart in the Appendix)

Further information:

-         Joachim Krebs, Head of Corporate Communication, tel. +41 61 415 43 85, e-mail j.krebs@ebm.ch

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