The increase in electricity prices does not have such a strong impact everywhere in Switzerland

Recent announcements of electricity price hikes for 2023 can be brutal or almost non-existent depending on the region. But these rates do not say everything about the final bill, because the prices are very variable between the cantons and even the municipalities.

In 2022, the electricity price for a typical household in Switzerland will be 21.18 Rp./kWh (median). But as data from Elcom, the independent federal electricity regulator, shows, this price can range from 13.7 cents/kWh in Randa (VS) to over 25 cents in several Jura municipalities (25.2 or 25.13 in Saignelégier, depending on the country). provider) or Berner (25.2 in Mühleberg or 25.6 in Köniz).

There are clear differences in the cantons. Although Randa is doing well, prices in Valais are almost 20 Rp./kWh in large parts of the canton and even reach 23.13 Rp./kWh in Liddes.

There are also several islands in the canton of Vaud where the tariffs are well above the usual 20.5 to 21.20 Rp./kWh and which often have local suppliers. So L’Abbaye (25.79), Aubonne 27.29 or Lausanne (25.42).

>> Consult the Swiss electricity price map

The price of electricity in Switzerland. [Elcom, Autorité fédérale indépendante de régulation dans le domaine de l’électricité]

Many providers

Switzerland has almost 600 suppliers and the price of electricity is made up of several components. Consumers pay both for the energy supplied (energy tariff) and for the delivery of electricity from the plant to their homes (grid usage tariff). We must continue to reckon with public taxes and levies flowing into public coffers.

In 2022, this price was made up of around 45% of the grid usage tariff and around 37% of the energy tariff. The various taxes (municipality, canton and federal government) make up around 18%, according to the Association of Swiss Electrical Companies.

Consequently, the increases announced for 2023 will also have a very uneven effect on the final bill.

Comparable tariff, but different invoice

The people of Geneva are among the best in western Switzerland. GIS tariffs will increase by an average of 22%. And with a remuneration of 19.72 ct./kWh in 2022, the financial effects remain manageable. For a 5-room apartment (incl. kitchen) with a consumption of 2500 kWh per year, the monthly bill increases to 51 francs per month or 9.50 francs more per month.

In Lausanne (SIL), the increase is comparable (26%), but given that tariffs are currently higher than in Geneva (25.42 in 2022 according to Elcom), this corresponds to 15.4 francs per month for an apartment with a consumption of 2500 kWh/year .

As the only provider with almost unchanged tariffs (+1%), the Bernese drivers (BKW active in the cantons of Bern and Jura and with tariffs of around 25 cents/kWh in 2022 according to Elcom) only continue to increase prices from Swissgrid. With an annual consumption of 4500 kilowatt hours, which corresponds to a four-person household, the increase is around CHF 13.50 per year.

producers and others

If the increases are in the canton of Geneva, in the municipality of Lausanne and at BKW customers, this is due to their own production capacities, which are not subject to any or only minor market fluctuations. Services Industriels de Genève produce around 40% of the electricity they supply to their customers, thanks in particular to the dams along the Rhône. Lausanne claims autonomy for almost half of the distributed energy and relies on Lavey’s waterworks, its solar plan and his collaboration with Tridel. For their part, the BKWs havea lot of own productionsuch as dams and nuclear power plants.

On the other hand, Romande Energie had to announce a “historic” increase of 49% for most of its customers. For example, a household in Morges with a consumption of 2500 kilowatt hours increases the bill by 23.4 francs per month (final annual bill of 859 francs).

The Vaud company covers around 20% of its needs with its own production. However, this share comes mainly from run-of-river power plants, whose efficiency has been undermined by the drought, explained Christian Petit, general director of Romande Énergie, in the forum program on Wednesday.

>> Watch the interview with Christian Petit, CEO of Romande Énergie

Energy suppliers announce a 50% increase in electricity prices: Interview with Christian Petit [RTS]

Energy suppliers announce a 50% increase in electricity prices: Interview with Christian Petit / Forum / 5 min. / Wednesday at 6:00 p.m

However, the manager recalls that companies like Romande Energie have offered more attractive prices over the past decade because the waterworks were not profitable. According to Elcom data, Romande Énergie’s 2022 tariffs fluctuate at 9:20 p.m. and 9:50 p.m., while BKW’s are closer to 25.

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