Austrian regulator consults on gas tariff changes

  • Spanish Market: Natural gas
  • 03/05/24

Austrian energy regulator E-Control has revised up its planned increase in gas tariffs from the start of 2025 but adjusted its commodity charge lower.

E-Control on Friday published draft amendments to its gas system charges ordinance that would codify planned changes to how it calculates tariffs. It largely retains its revised methodology from April, but has modified its planned outright tariffs and commodity charge.

The regulator had in February proposed a shift to a capacity-weighted distance (CWD) model for its reference price methodology, along with a change to a 50:50 entry-exit revenue split from roughly 20:80 at present. The proposed changes would have tripled entry costs from Germany and quadrupled them from Italy from 2025, as well as other significant changes for the distribution system and storages.

Austria's system operators supported the changes, but almost all other respondents to the consultation were highly critical, warning that the changes could threaten diversification, lower utilisation and increase tariffs further and harm liquidity. E-Control last month walked back on several of the proposed changes. Most significantly, it revised the entry-exit split to 25:75, limited the increase in exit tariffs to the distribution zone, introduced a 50pc discount on exit fees to storage facilities, and equalised entry tariffs at all points. The switch to a CWD model was retained, however.

The most notable modification from the changes proposed in April is a roughly 7pc increase in capacity-based tariffs, as the new amendments use final prices as opposed to indicative prices previously (see table). The difference "results from the findings over the course of the cost approval procedure during the past few months", E-Control told Argus.

In contrast, the commodity charge on gas entering and exiting the Austrian grid has decreased as a result of "lower expected fuel energy costs", E-Control told Argus. It now plans to charge around €0.04/MWh on entry flows and €0.13/MWh on exit flows, compared with €0.12/MWh and €0.13/MWh, respectively, in the original proposal. There is no commodity charge in place for this year.

The final change is an update of the multipliers for capacity bookings depending on their duration. The regulator now proposes multipliers of 1.25 for quarterly products, 1.5 for monthly, two for daily, and three for within-day.

Interested parties may submit comments to the regulator by 16 May. Final tariffs will then be published in June, and will be applicable from 1 January 2025.

Austria 2025-28 estimated tariffs€/kWh/h/a
Entry/ExitCapacity type*2025 (final)2026 (preliminary)2027 (preliminary)
BaumgartenEntryFZK1.301.371.48
OberkappelEntryFZK1.301.371.48
UberackernEntryFZK1.301.371.48
UberackernEntryDZK1.171.231.33
UberackernExitFZK4.254.594.98
UberackernExitDZK3.824.134.48
ArnoldsteinEntryFZK1.301.371.48
ArnoldsteinEntryDZK1.171.231.33
ArnoldsteinExitFZK5.966.627.39
MurfeldExitFZK3.734.194.71
MosonmagyarovarExitFZK2.152.492.80
Distribution areaExitFZK1.261.451.67
Storage Penta WestExitFZK2.122.292.49
Storage MABExitFZK1.071.191.34
Austria 2025 final tariff vs current€/kWh/h/a
Entry/ExitCapacity type*2025Current ±%
BaumgartenEntryFZK1.300.8553
OberkappelEntryFZK1.300.9734
UberackernEntryFZK1.300.9734
UberackernEntryDZK1.170.8833
UberackernExitFZK4.253.2630
UberackernExitDZK3.822.9331
ArnoldsteinEntryFZK1.300.9733
ArnoldsteinEntryDZK1.170.6872
ArnoldsteinExitFZK5.964.3537
MurfeldExitFZK3.731.9097
MosonmagyarovarExitFZK2.151.2375
Distribution areaExitFZK1.260.42200
Storage Penta WestExitFZK2.120.44383
Storage MABExitFZK1.070.44144

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