Croatia, Gas 16% more expensive, electricity 9.6%

, SEE Energy News

As of Friday, April 1, gas and electricity prices in Croatia have increased, with the average household paying for gas in the public supply system 16% more and electricity and 9.6% more expensive, in addition to government measures to mitigate that growth.

In the first half of March, the government adopted a package of measures to mitigate the consequences of rising energy prices for households worth 4.8 billion kuna (about 633 million euros). These measures, among other things, envisage changes to the Law on VAT, subsidizing gas prices for households and small businesses, as a one-time assistance to pensioners and the socially endangered.

Prime Minister Andrej Plenković then announced that without these measures, the prices of electricity would increase by 23%, and gas by 79%.

In recent days, representatives of the Croatian Electric Power Industry (HEP) have stated in press statements that the average price increase for single-tariff meters will be around 8.5%, and for dual-tariff meters around 11%.

Most households in Croatia, more precisely two million customers in that category, are still in the system of public energy supply services, according to HEP data.

According to HEP’s calculations, households with a single-tariff meter and an average annual consumption of 2,000 kWh, the monthly bill will increase from 185 to 199 kuna (from 24.4 to 26.2 euros).

The average annual consumption of customers with a two-tariff meter was 3,200 kWh in 2021, and their bill will increase from about 250 to about 280 kuna per month (from 33 to 37 euros).

Electricity supply services on the Croatian market are also provided by the Slovenian Gen-I, as well as E.ON Croatia, a company owned by the German company of the same name. Their users are also expected to grow their monthly bills.

As for gas, the Croatian Energy Regulatory Agency (HERA) announced that the cost of one of the three components for calculating the final price of gas for public supply increased by as much as 141 percent – from 0.1422 kuna per kWh by March 31, 2022 at 0.3425 kuna per kWh for the period from April 1 to March 31, 2023.

Given this increase in gas procurement costs, the average final price of gas for households will increase to HRK 0.4610 per kWh (excluding VAT) from April 1, or by 77%, according to Here.

However, the government’s package of measures, which includes reducing the VAT rate on gas from 25% to 5%, as well as the decision to subsidize the price of gas from 10 lipa per kWh, will significantly reduce the price of gas for households to an average of 16% , states Hina.