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Grid operator Swissgrid reduces costs per household for 2025

Swiss households will have to pay slightly less for the services of the national grid operator Swissgrid next year. The contributions to the costs of the federal government's electricity reserves will also fall.

The cost of Swissgrid's services for an average household with an annual consumption of 4,500 kWh will fall from CHF 92 to CHF 77 next year, as the grid operator announced on Wednesday. This corresponds to around 5 percent of the total expected electricity costs. For a company with an annual consumption of 90,000 kWh, this would result in savings of CHF 300 per year.

External costs fall

The reason for the decline is lower costs for general ancillary services and active power losses. These are largely dependent on external factors that Swissgrid cannot influence, such as price trends on the electricity markets.

These savings would be offset by catch-up effects: This is because Swissgrid has to reduce shortfalls from 2022 and 2023 that arose due to the high prices on the electricity markets.

However, the tariffs for grid usage remained stable. Swissgrid uses them to finance its core business: the renewal, expansion and maintenance of the grid as well as the operation and monitoring from the control centers. The tariff for reactive energy will also remain the same.

Less expensive electricity reserves

At the same time, the costs for the federal electricity reserves are also likely to fall, by CHF 43 for an average household with an annual consumption of 4,500 kWh. The reason for this is the "significantly lower expected costs" for the hydropower reserve, it said.

For a company with an expected annual consumption of 90,000, this would mean a saving of CHF 860. Since 2024, electricity consumers have had to pay the costs of the federal government's electricity reserves. These include the hydropower reserve, the reserve power plants and the emergency power groups. They are calculated via Swissgrid.

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