Karlsruhe (dpa/lsw) - EnBW electricity customers will have to pay almost a third more for household electricity on average from October. The company announced on Friday in Karlsruhe that the prices in the basic supply tariff would increase by an average of 31.1 percent due to increased procurement costs, among other things as a result of the Ukraine war and the throttled gas supplies from Russia. "If you take into account the relief resulting from the passing on of the elimination of the EEG surcharge, the price level is 15.2 percent above the previous year." The tariffs beyond the basic service increase according to the information to a similar extent. EnBW's price adjustment is in the middle of the market. The energy supplier announced that no price adjustments are currently planned for heat flow.
EnBW is aware that this price increase represents a financial burden for customers, said Colette Rückert-Hennen, the board member responsible for sales. "Nevertheless, it is not possible for us to maintain our current prices. The reason for this is the massively increased costs on the energy market." EnBW has reduced electricity prices twice since 2020.
Rückert-Hennen announced that the electricity and gas supply should not be turned off in winter for financially heavily burdened households. "Because we want to prevent them from getting into an additional emergency situation as a result of the closures," said the board member. Other solutions would be sought here in coordination with political measures.
In addition, EnBW is planning a one-off gas savings bonus of EUR 100 for existing gas customers who consume at least ten percent less gas than in the previous year's heating period.
The "Stuttgarter Zeitung" and the "Stuttgarter Nachrichten" (Saturday) told Rückert-Henne that as unpredictable as the situation on the energy markets is at the moment, "unfortunately I cannot rule out that further adjustments will be necessary".