Germany introduces gas surcharge to help importers
In October, Germany introduced an additional gas tax of 2.4 cents per kilowatt-hour to help importers hit by additional costs from reduced Russian gas supplies.
This was announced by the joint venture of gas transport system operators Trading Hub Europe.
For a family of four, a sum of 2.4 cents per kilowatt hour will mean additional costs of around 480 euros per year, German media report.
This step is designed to help Uniper and other importers deal with the sharp price hike due to reduced supplies from Russia.
On August 4, the German Cabinet of Ministers agreed to introduce a collection from October 2022 to April 2024.
It aims to distribute 90% of the additional costs of importers to fill the gas deficit from Russia between households and industrial consumers.
Recall that the emergency gas plan to overcome the energy crisis caused by Russia’s war against Ukraine began to work in the EU. It provides for a voluntary saving of natural gas in winter up to 15% per country, but it involves many exceptions.
Meanwhile, gas storage facilities in Germany are already 75.43% full, a level that was expected to be reached by September 1.