The planned surcharge for all gas customers is expected to apply from October 1st. It remains to be seen for a while how much the gas price will increase for consumers. The amount of the surcharge should be published on the Internet by the end of August, according to circles of the Ministry of Economic Affairs. It depends on which compensation claims the gas importers assert.

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Federal Economics Minister Robert Habeck nevertheless made an initial forecast. The surcharge will probably burden households with several hundred euros. “We expect that it will be between 1.5 and five cents per kilowatt hour,” says the Green politician.

If the average consumption is 20,000 kilowatt hours of gas per year, it is in the middle three-digit euro range. One does not know exactly how high the gas procurement costs are in November and December. “But the bitter news is: It’s definitely a few hundred euros per household.”

Habeck spoke of the “biggest energy crisis” in Germany and called for a joint effort. “We can all make a contribution and we all make a contribution, unless we close our eyes and ears,” said the Green politician. If gas consumption were brought down, more freedom would be created to avoid “unpleasant steps”, said Habeck. “And we’re also saving money, each and every one of us.”

Chancellor Olaf Scholz last week called an increase in gas prices by two cents per kilowatt hour and spoke of additional annual costs of 200 or 300 euros for a family of four.

The comparison portal Check24 calculated additional costs of 476 euros for an annual consumption of 20,000 kilowatt hours and a two-cent levy. This includes VAT. The surcharge will apply for a year and a half, i.e. until the end of March 2024. About half of all apartments in Germany are heated with gas.

Gas suppliers should be able to pass on the sharply increased purchase prices due to the throttling of Russian deliveries to all gas consumers via the surcharge. According to earlier information, it is planned that importers will be able to pass on 90 percent of the higher procurement costs via the levy.

The importers still have to bear their own costs until the end of September. Both companies and private households have to pay the levy. It comes on top of the normal price increases that are gradually taking effect.

In view of the tense situation on the gas market, the surcharge is necessary in order to maintain the gas supply in the coming winter. “Without them, gas supply companies would be at risk throughout the supply chain,” the ministry said. The levy should be the same for all suppliers. This means that the burden is distributed fairly across many shoulders.

The details are to be regulated in a legal ordinance based on the Energy Security Act. The regulation is expected to be adopted by the cabinet shortly.