Comparison of industrial electricity prices

Study for the German government by Ecofys and Fraunhofer ISI

Published: 14/04/2014

National governments grant exceptions from taxes and surcharges on electricity prices for energy intensive industries. Without exceptions, companies are expected to shift their production to other countries with lower electricity prices. Ecofys and Fraunhofer ISI are examining the privileges for selected industrial sectors and comparing their total electricity prices. In a short summary, results are shown for two different cases: a large and a medium-sized energy-intensive company. Prices and their components are shown for Germany, the Netherlands, UK and France. Also, estimations are given for Pennsylvania and Texas. Looking at Europe, prices in France are lowest for big and medium-sized industrial customers. The highest prices were found in the UK. European prices in total are significantly higher than electricity prices in the US-American market areas.