According to Slavíková, energy prices on the stock exchanges have remained at record levels, extremely high levels, for a very long time. “The wholesale price for electricity that we buy on the exchange for our customers has even increased more than 3.5 times last year, but thanks to our responsible use of electricity and gas, when we continuously and buy in advance, we are in E. In contrast to many other providers, the ONs did not have to extrapolate this year’s price jump to consumer prices, ”says Slavíková.
For example, gas prices for customers of E.ON standard products last rose in November 2018.
Even three hundred times a month
According to E.ON, a family who lives in an apartment, has normal electricity consumption and uses around 1.5 megawatt hours (MWh) a year, pays around 50 kroner more per month than in January. Households with higher consumption that shine with electricity and at the same time use it to heat water (with a consumption of up to five MWh) pay around 300 kroner a month.
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“Of course, the price increase does not apply to our customers with fixed-price products; the agreed price applies there for the entire contract period. Customers without a fixed price are interested in switching to another product that we have on offer. They can contact us with this request at any time, ”said Slavíková.
According to Slavíková, the reason for the high energy prices is the increased prices for emission certificates, which are currently 80 euros (approx. This is problematic for several reasons. The certification of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline from Russia to Germany is in sight, cold weather is to be expected in winter, the gas tanks were not 100 percent full in summer, but there are tensions on the Russian-Ukrainian border or the natural gas flow from Russia to the country is not increasing EU in the traditional way.
Record gas and electricity prices
“All of this is ultimately an incentive for gas and electricity prices to reach record highs,” said Slavíková. The electricity price for 2022 reached the level of 53 euros (1335 CZK) per MWh at the beginning of this year, now it is around 208 euros (5240 CZK) per MWh. “That corresponds to a price increase of 380 percent,” said the spokeswoman. In the case of gas, the increase is around 490 percent.
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E.ON is not the only provider increasing prices. Pražská teplárenská has been increasing the heating prices for its customers since December 1st. The average Prague household pays CZK 250 to 350 more per month for heating. CEZ will raise the electricity price by around a third on January 1st. The increase does not apply to customers who have a contractually agreed price. Households pay an average of 250 kroner a month.
On the other hand, Pražská energetika (PRE) is not planning a price increase from the New Year, the last price increase took place on the 1st family. At the end of the year, Pražská plynárenská will increase the gas price in the basic price list by an average of 7.3 percent. Fixed price customers are not affected by the price adjustment.