Social Democratic Energy Minister Ibrahim Baylan has promised voters that electricity network charges will be lowered by up to 21 per cent, starting in 2020. According to the minister, this will correspond to a reduction of some SEK 60 billion between 2020 and 2023.
Last year, utilities took out SEK 52 billion in network charges, according to figures reported to the Swedish Energy Markets Inspectorate. However, investments in the grid have not been in line with increases in network charges. “I understand [consumers’] frustration when they see no major investment being made, even though the fixed charge on invoices is increasing,” he says.
Villaägarna, a national organisation working to promote homeowners’ interests, is less than impressed by the promise, saying it does not believe in the government’s calculations.
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