ARCHIV - ILLUSTRATION - Flammen kommen am 23.03.2008 in Würzburg (Bayern) aus einem Gasherd. 14 Jahre lang mussten Deutschlands Stromkunden steigende Preis wegstecken, 2015 gibt es endlich leichte Entspannung. Foto: Karl-Josef Hildenbrand/dpa +++(c) dpa - Bildfunk+++

The amount of the state gas levy will be announced on Monday. The Ministry of Economics recently assumed a range of 1.5 to 5 cents per kilowatt hour, which would mean considerable additional costs for customers. Economics Minister Robert Habeck (Greens) had said that he expected “several hundred euros per household” per year.

The surcharge is intended to benefit gas suppliers who have to buy a replacement for the missing, cheaper gas volumes from Russia at high prices. The exact amount of the levy is calculated by the so-called market area manager Trading Hub Europe, a joint venture of the gas transmission system operators in Germany.

The levy will apply from the beginning of October – but it will not be visible immediately on the invoices, but with a little delay, according to the Ministry of Economic Affairs.