Energy is not only a costly matter from a climate protection perspective. German consumers are groaning in 2020 under strongly rising electricity prices. Between February and April, more than 80 suppliers wanted to raise their prices by an average of 8.1 percent, as “Tagesschau.de” reported, citing the Verivox comparison portal. Check24 spoke of record prices. According to this, 610 out of 834 primary suppliers increased the price of electricity by an average of 5.6 percent.
When it comes to gas, it doesn’t look that dark. But 2019 also had to be paid for here. According to Check24, the costs for households with gas heating rose by 8.3 percent compared to the previous year. “In addition to the cooler spring months in 2019, the higher gas prices are the main reason for the cost increase. On average, gas was around six percent more expensive than in the previous year, ”said the comparison portal.
Climate protection causes gas prices to rise
The price spiral will turn even faster in the future. One reason: the federal government’s climate package with taxes for CO2 emissions from 2021. “With the estimated price of 25 euros per ton of CO2, gas customers with a consumption of 20,000 kWh pay 119 euros more a year, heating oil customers even 158 euros,” calculated Check24 . “The CO2 price is to be increased to 55 euros per ton by 2025. Accordingly, the additional burden of a model household with gas heating would increase to 262 euros per year, with oil heating to 347 euros. ”
It will be seen how Germany compares to other European countries. But at the moment it can be said that gas is even more expensive in the EU. In these European countries, customers pay the highest gas prices:
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# 10 Germany
Germany opens the top 10 countries with the highest gas prices in Europe. Households had to pay an average of 0.063 euros per kilowatt hour in the first half of 2019, as the statistics agency Eurostat announced. The price includes taxes and duties. Germany was exactly on the average of all (then) 28 EU member states. In the picture a gas pipeline in Bavaria.
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# 9 Austria
Gas is a little more expensive in Austria than in Germany. Our neighbors paid an average of 0.066 euros per kWh.
# 8 Ireland
Not only renting, but also heating your own four walls is a costly affair in Ireland. The country was in eighth place in Europe with 0.068 euros per kWh.
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# 6 France
France had average gas prices of 0.074 euros / kWh in the first half of the year. According to Eurostat, this was slightly more than the average of 0.071 euros for all European countries. The Engie Group is one of the largest gas suppliers in Europe.
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# 6 Spain
For cost reasons alone, the Spaniards hope that the heating season will end as early as possible. They were in sixth place in the current gas price statistics at 0.074 euros / kWh. The picture shows a liquid gas tanker off the coast of the Canary Islands.
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# 5 Portugal
Portugal came fifth with 0.076 euros / kWh. Galp Enegia is one of the largest Portuguese companies.
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# 4 Italy
Gas is particularly expensive in Italy. Private households paid an average of 0.077 euros per kilowatt hour in the first half of the year.
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# 3 Denmark
The high price level in Denmark is also reflected in gas prices. The Scandinavians were in third place in Europe with 0.086 euros / kWh. Pictured: a gas power plant in Copenhagen.
# 2 Netherlands
Dutch look enviously at gas prices from their German neighbors. They had to pay an average of 0.092 euros in the first half of 2019 – and still got away cheaply compared to the front-runner.
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# 1 Sweden
The Swedes have to pay dearly for the long, severe winters. They paid an impressive 0.12 euros per kilowatt hour in the first half of 2019, as reported by Eurostat. That was almost double what gas customers in Germany had to pay.
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