Electricity prices - Salzburg AG increases the monthly amounts

In view of the sharp rise in electricity prices, Salzburg AG is adjusting the monthly installments outside of the annual statement for the first time. “We don’t want to let the customers run into high additional payments and prefer to distribute the burden evenly,” explained Martin Zauner, Head of Customer Service. The energy supplier has ruled out a further increase in electricity prices in the current year.

Only some of the approximately 240,000 household customers and up to 25,000 commercial customers of Salzburg AG are affected by the higher partial amounts. With around 90,000 contract accounts, the forecast increase is less than 10 euros per month: the amount is not automatically adjusted for them. And even those customers who receive their annual statement in the first quarter of 2023 will only be informed about the new partial payment amounts in the course of the usual annual statement process. However, the partial amounts will actually be adjusted in February 2023 for a good 80,000 contract accounts. How high the increase will be on average cannot be said, said Zauner. “The bulk of this will be in the low range. But there are also adjustments of more than 300 euros, for example for owners of large buildings with high heating electricity consumption. It gets very expensive there.” He estimates the number of these customers at “a few hundred”. additionally granted to owners of electric heaters, heat pumps (with their own meter) and commercial customers. On Tuesday, Zauner also announced a campaign for owners of heat pumps who are also connected to the household meter. Salzburg AG has already procured the electricity for 2023 for all customers. The price will therefore not change again this year, said Siegfried Müllegger, head of energy technology at the group, on Tuesday. The extremely expensive times of purchase in the summer of 2022 were practically left out, but the current price declines no longer have any influence on pricing for 2023. The level of wholesale prices is still two to three times as high as before the (gas) Crisis.

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