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Energy: Prices

Question for Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

UIN 128953, tabled on 21 February 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what information his Department holds on average policy costs per MWh in (a) the UK, (b) France, (c) Ireland, (d) Norway, (e) Germany and (f) the Netherlands.

Answered on

1 March 2018

Eurostat collate data on the average gas and electricity prices paid by different sized domestic and non-domestic customers in Europe. [1] Table 1 below sets out the amount paid towards “environmental taxes and levies, and VAT” on the gas and electricity prices paid by medium-sized domestic customers. Data excluding VAT is not published.

Table 1: Environmental taxes and levies, and VAT on gas and electricity prices paid by medium-sized domestic customers, January – June 2017 (£/MWh)

Gas

Electricity

UK

3

36

France

14

52

Ireland

10

40

Norway

Data unavailable

41

Germany

14

143

Netherlands

35

36

Source: BEIS Quarterly Energy Prices, available online at https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/international-energy-price-comparisons. Data for Norway converted to £/MWh from Eurostat data available online at http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/web/energy/data/database.

The data above focuses on the costs of policies. However, actions taken in the UK to tackle emissions have helped deliver savings on energy bills for households as energy efficiency savings have more than offset the cost of financial support provided for developing low-carbon technologies – delivering a net bill saving of £14 on average in 2016.

[1] Available online at: http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/web/energy/data/database.