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Energy, prices lower than the EU average for domestic customers


The average prices of electricity for Italian domestic consumers for 2020 show a marked improvement compared to the other countries of the Euro Area, in terms of both prices before charges and taxes, and net prices. In 2020, for the first time, gross prices are lower than those of the European average for all classes of household consumption, with the exception of the first class (consumption below 1,000 kWh / year). This is what emerges from the annual report of the Arera. The classes DB (1,000 – 2,500 kWh) and DC3 (2,500 – 5,000 kWh) show a negative differential in gross prices of -4% and -3% respectively (against respectively -5% and + 1% in 2019). These classes are those where the greatest consumption is concentrated in our country, covering 40% in one case and 41% of the total electricity billed to the domestic sector in 2020 in the other, the Report emphasizes. The last two classes (with consumption between 5,000 and 15,000 kWh / a for DD and above 15,000 kWh / a for DE), which represent limited shares of the overall volumes of the domestic sector (11% for DD and 1% for DE) are those in which there have been the most significant improvements: the differentials have in fact passed in gross terms, respectively from + 9% in 2019 to -1% in 2020, and from + 13% to -6%. Still in 2016, prices for classes from the third onwards were higher than those of the average of the Euro Area by percentages ranging from + 6% to + 34%. In terms of absolute values ​​of taxes, Italy is no longer the country with the highest values, together with Germany. In terms of the incidence of the charges component (general charges plus taxes), in 2020 there was a share of between 31% of the DB class and just under 47% of the last class, values ​​not too far from the average ones in the Euro Area With reference to the main European countries, in 2020 Germany is confirmed as the country with the highest electricity prices for the domestic sector. Compared to the German counterpart, the Italian domestic customer continues to pay decidedly lower final prices, with a gap that remained substantially stable compared to 2019 for the DB class, equal to about -26% and increased from -22% to -28% for the DC, from -16% to -27% for the DD class and from -11% to -28% for the last DE class. In terms of net prices, the differentials with respect to Germany and France decrease, becoming in some cases even negative, with increasing decrease as the class increases



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