More clarity for consumers: district heating platform should make prices comparable

EA pricing platform for district heating suppliers aims to increase transparency for consumers when it comes to heating costs. The Federal Association of the Energy and Water Industry (BDEW), the Association of Municipal Companies (VKU) and the District Heating Working Group (AGFW) want to launch a joint platform in April, BDEW head Kerstin Andrea said in an interview with the news portal. Media table. “About 150 district heating companies will take part in the event. This means we cover almost the entire market.”

With the new proposal, the associations respond to criticism of district heating prices, which have large differences that are difficult for consumers to understand. “We know there is a problem with price transparency,” Andrea said. “It’s difficult to compare. Now it will target an untapped industry.”

In her own words, the BDEW chief hopes the new proposal will also lead to lower costs for consumers. Unlike electricity or gas, they cannot change district heating suppliers. She called on consumers to fight high prices. “Anyone who thinks they are paying too much can also object,” the BDEW chief said. Clients will be protected by antitrust laws.

According to BDEW, about six of the nearly 42 million apartments in Germany are heated with district heating. Thus, the share of energy source is 15.2 percent. Data for 2023.

Source: Frantfurter Allgemeine

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