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CHF180 per home: Swiss electricity prices set to spike by 20 percent

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CHF180 per home: Swiss electricity prices set to spike by 20 percent
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Inflation and the war in Ukraine look set to result in a 20 percent spike from 2023, according to the Association for Swiss Energy Companies (VSE).

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The VSE expects that at least half of electricity suppliers will raise their prices by 20 percent or more from 2023. 

As a result, the cost of electricity looks set to rise by CHF180 for the average Swiss household. 

Electricity companies are passing on the increased costs of producing power, which come primarily as a consequence of the war in Ukraine. 

Henrique Schneider from the Swiss Trade Association told SRF “The trade is already suffering from higher procurement costs for raw materials and materials. You can't expect customers to have to pay 20 percent more for electricity.”

The reason that prices will not spike immediately is due to Switzerland’s complicated price regulation system for electricity. 

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Swiss electricity market regulator Elcom must approve the tariff increases in order for them to take effect. 

Elcom will make a decision in autumn as to whether to allow the tariff increases or to send them back to the providers. 

Prices of a range of items are on the rise in Switzerland due to a variety of factors, including the continued impact of the Covid pandemic, inflation and the war in Ukraine. 

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