Romania is one of the EU countries with the highest increases in average electricity prices for households

Redacția oct. 20, 2021 0 comentarii
energie electrica, electricitate, curent, bec

Average electricity prices for EU household consumers rose slightly in the first half of 2021 compared to the same period in 2020, data published on Wednesday by the European Statistics Office (Eurostat) show, cited by Agerpres. The biggest increases, in national currency terms, were recorded in Slovenia, Poland, and Romania.

Average electricity prices for EU household consumers stood at €21.9/100 kWh in the first half of 2021, up from €21.3/100 kWh in the same period in 2020.

In contrast, average natural gas prices for EU household consumers decreased to 6.4 euro/100 kWh in the first half of 2021. Recently, electricity and gas prices have increased substantially in the EU, with statistics for the second half of 2021 due to being published in April 2022.

Eurostat data also show that taxes and excise duties accounted for 39% of the electricity price paid by consumers and 36% of the gas price in the EU in the first half of 2021.

Electricity prices for household consumers increased in 16 EU Member States in the first half of 2021 compared to the same period in 2020, with the largest increases, in national currency terms, in Slovenia (15%), Poland (8%), and Romania (7%), and the most significant decreases in the Netherlands (minus 10%), Cyprus (minus 7%) and Lithuania (minus 6%).

Expressed in euro, the lowest average electricity prices for EU household consumers in the first half of 2021 were in Hungary (10 euro/100 kWh), Bulgaria (10.2 euro/100 kWh) and Malta (12.8 euro/100 kWh), and the highest in Germany (31.9 euro/100 kWh), Denmark (29 euro/100 kWh), Belgium (27 euro/100 kWh) and Ireland (25.6 euro/100 kWh).

Between the first half of 2020 and the first half of 2021, average gas prices fell in 20 of the 23 EU Member States reporting gas price data for household consumers. The most significant decreases in gas prices, in national currency, were in Lithuania (minus 23%), Slovakia (minus 10%), and Poland (minus 9%).

In contrast, prices increased in Denmark (19%), Germany (8%), and Luxembourg (6%).

Expressed in euro, the lowest average gas prices for EU household consumers in the first half of 2021 were in Lithuania (2.8 euro/100 kWh), Latvia (3 euro/100 kWh), Hungary (3.1 euro/100 kWh), and Romania (3.2 euro/100 kWh), and the highest in the Netherlands (9.6 euro/100 kWh), Denmark (9 euro/100 kWh) and Portugal (7.6 euro/100 kWh). Eurostat states that the data for Romania are estimates.

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