The price of electricity is made up of three cost blocks. The cost of electrical energy, grid access and use, as well as fees and legal charges are included in the total amount of your bill. In the case of a 4-person household and an average consumption of 4 000 kWh/year, the costs are distributed as follows:
Only one third: the cost of electrical energy
Unbelievable, but true! The actual cost of electrical energy accounts for only about 35% of the electricity bill.
The largest part: grid access and use
To get to you, electricity has to flow. The complex infrastructure, namely the electricity grid with underground cable lines, substations and metering equipment, is provided by the grid operator, who charges a “toll” of about 40 % of the final electricity price.
The remaining quarter: fees and statutory charges
The remaining 25 % is charged for fees and charges. In addition to the electricity tax, there is also the so-called mécanisme de compensation. This is a contribution that all electricity suppliers collect from their customers and pass on directly to the mécanisme de compensation. This contribution is used to subsidise national electricity generation projects based on renewable energy sources or combined heat and power. Last but not least, VAT is levied on the total amount of the bill at the current rate of 8 %.