Swedish electricity prices hit all time high

The spot price for electricity in Sweden averaged 0.83 kronor ($0.12) per kWh in December, a record high since the deregulation of the electricity market in 1996, according to figures released by electricity supplier Telge Energi.

Swedish electricity prices hit all time high

The average price furthermore represents an increase of 0.30 kronor over the past month as temperatures have plunged and demand soared accordingly.

The spot price, which peaked at 1.30 kronor per kWh in Lucia this weekend, is used as the basis for the calculation of variable electricity prices for households and businesses.

The average price for the whole of 2010 – 0.55 cents per kWh, is a full 40 percent above the average price recorded in 2009, according to the firm’s figures.

The development of the futures market, which provides the basis for calculating fixed prices for electricity, has meant that it has become extremely expensive for consumers to fix prices, the firm’s CEO John Öhnell argued in a statement.

Poorly refilled reservoirs, continuing problems with nuclear power generation and an average temperature which is seven degrees below normal, have placed upward pressure on electricity prices.

“The market is afraid of the weakness of hydrology and that the cold weather does not ease,” Öhnell said.

Öhnell expects price pressures to wane in 2011, perhaps as early as January:

“Our assessment is that the price will be about 0.10 kronor lower than in December if the weather returns to normal temperatures,” he said.

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Spain’s new electricity rates for 2021: the tricks to help you save up to €300 a year

Starting in June 2021, people in Spain will receive new electricity bills with different access rates and corresponding prices. Here's what you need to know about the new system and how to considerably reduce your monthly electricity bill.

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As of June 1st 2021, Spain’s main electricity access rates, which customers pay for the regulation costs of electricity, will no longer be frozen as they have been since 2018. 

What does this mean? This means that the costs of transporting and distributing electricity to homes were a fixed price, but from next week onwards the prices will be established by the National Markets and Competition Commission (CNMC).

The objective of this is to modify tariffs to optimise the use of the electricity network, so that consumption is penalised if it’s used more during the hours of greatest demand.

The electricity charges set by the Spanish government itself will also be updated and will follow the same structure and proposal as the CNMC. As mentioned above, this new rate means that there will different prices depending on the time of day you use the most electricity.

When will it be cheaper or more expensive to use electricity?

It will become more expensive to use electricity in the first part of the day from 10am – 2pm and in the evenings from 6pm – 10pm from Monday to Friday. The average times are between 8am – 10am, 2pm – 6pm and 10pm – midnight. The cheapest times will be in the early mornings on weekdays and all day on Saturday, Sunday, as well as national holidays.

How can I save money on the new electricity bills?

The CNMC has highlighted four possibilities for consumers to be able to save money on electricity moving forward. These include:

  • Adapting your contracted power to your real needs

Those on an estimated energy tariff could switch their contract to only charge them for the energy they actually need. Free power changes are allowed until May 31st, 2022. This must be requested through your energy provider.

Electricity meter. Image: Gerd Altmann / Pixabay

  • Consult the maximum power and consumption data

Check on your energy provider’s website to find out your consumption data and adjust your contracted electricity accordingly. The CNMC suggests that this could save you up to €16 per year by doing this alone.  

  • Avoid simultaneous consumption

The CNMC also recommends that people limit the times they use more than one appliance at once in order. For example, if you use the oven, the kettle and the washing machine at the same time, you will pay a lot more on your bill than if you use them separately. The CNMC has also said that “the iron is one of the devices with the highest consumption. Avoiding turning on all devices at the same time can lead to savings of between €200 and €300 per year”.

  • Shift consumption to periods outside peak hours

If possible, change the times when you use the most energy. For contracted power during the cheapest times, the price is actually 95 percent lower than in the highest period.

What other things can I do to save money on electricity?

The CNMC also suggests doing several things to help you save as much as you can when the tariffs change. These include:

  • Charging your electric vehicle at night, instead of during the day. The difference between charging it at any time of the day or at night is over €300 a year.
  • Setting the refrigerator temperature to 5°C and the freezer to -18°C.
  • Use the ECO setting on your dishwasher.
  • Take advantage of thermal inertia by using the residual heat from the kitchen or oven before you finishing cooking.
  • Reduce the cost of heating and cooling by setting the thermostat of the heating or air conditioning device to 25°C in summer and 20°C in winter.
  • Reduce the temperature setting on your washing machine when washing clothes.

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