energiedashboard.ch: Energy prices

Electricity prices on the markets are an important indicator of the current market and supply situation in Europe and Switzerland. Supply (production) is combined here with demand (consumption) and ultimately results in a price for a specific electricity product. There are markets for different electricity products. The spot markets give short-term signals from the market: The "Day Ahead" market indicates the wholesale electricity price for the following day. In the "Base" product, prices indicate the arithmetic mean of the prices for a delivery in the following 24 hours. In intraday trading, electricity is bought and sold for delivery on the same day. The electricity price on the spot market also indicatively reflects the assessment of the overall market on the supply situation. In the event of short-term shortages, prices will tend to rise. Such shortages can be caused, for example, by outages in the European and Swiss production park, a shortfall in supply from supply-dependent production sources such as PV and wind, or lower availability of primary energy sources such as coal or gas. The spot electricity prices do not, however, directly result in the end consumer price that private and commercial customers pay to their local energy supply company. These end-customer prices depend, among other things, on the procurement strategy (long-term purchases or short-term purchases on the market) of the local energy supply company, on the share of electricity produced in the company's own power plants, on the quality of the electricity (renewable or not), on the grid costs and levies. The national consumer price index (CPI) measures the price development (inflation) of the goods and services that are important for private households (basket of goods). It shows by how much consumer goods have become more expensive compared to the previous month, the previous year or any other earlier point in time. The index is based on December 2020. The price development is measured on the basis of the basket of goods, which also includes the most important energy sources - i.e. also electricity. The calculation methodology is managed by the Federal Statistical Office.

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energiedashboard.ch: Energiepreise
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December 14, 2022
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December 14, 2022
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Bundesamt für Energie BFE
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