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Suppliers and Unit cost of Electricty

I have been hunting around the forums for this information but my search-foo has failed me.

I have read that there are many suppliers of electricity in the cantons but I can't find any. How do you go about getting electricity in Switzerland, is it the same as the UK with any supplier being able to supply anywhere in the country but have different rates per Canton?

I am not looking for an "average" cost of electricity as everyones consumption is wildly different. I have my last years worth of usage in KwH's so if I can find suppliers who have KwH's (or whatever) I can then work out an equivalent cost.

So if people could point me in the direction of a few suitable suppliers and I'll fire up the google translate and the calculator.

The areas we are thinking are either the Zurich or Fribourg Cantons.

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Re: Suppliers and Unit cost of Electricty

EKZ for Canton Zurich:

http://www.ekz.ch/internet/ekz/de/home.html

http://www.swissgrid.ch/

Federal Energy Office

Swissinfo article

World Energy prices

OECD Report on CH

Another article of interest
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Re: Suppliers and Unit cost of Electricty

Thanks for those links.

Now using this link:
http://www.ekz.ch/internet/ekz/de/pr..._Mixstrom.html

We have consumed 8000 kwh in the last 12 months.

I am just going to use the high rate exclusivly for calculations, I'd rather be over!

Do I need to include the "Network use" as well as the supply rate? Also the SDL and the renewable duty?

Something else I need to know is what, if any, rate of tax is applied to the final electricity bill?

Anyone able to help out here? Especially on the tax question, I'm a bit lost.

Maybe the thread needs moved to another forum?

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Its outrageous that each Kanton still has its own monopoly Electricty supplier, i.e EKZ in Kanton Zurich which is no doubt twice the price it should be ! It the Swisscom of the 1980's
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Its outrageous that each Kanton still has its own monopoly Electricty supplier, i.e EKZ in Kanton Zurich which is no doubt twice the price it should be ! It the Swisscom of the 1980's
Far cheaper than in the UK where the market is 'free'.
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Far cheaper than in the UK where the market is 'free'.
And far cheaper than Italy as well (3x cheaper ).

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Did I read this correctly you think that CH monopolised Electricity here is cheaper than in the UK ? We pay GBP 1,700 a year for our house without any heating
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Did I read this correctly you think that CH monopolised Electricity here is cheaper than in the UK ? We pay GBP 1,700 a year for our house without any heating
It's what happens when about 95% of electricity is generated using nuclear and hydro.
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Did I read this correctly you think that CH monopolised Electricity here is cheaper than in the UK ? We pay GBP 1,700 a year for our house without any heating
I pay £320 for a two-room apartment. Are you including the cannabis farm in your attic?
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Did I read this correctly you think that CH monopolised Electricity here is cheaper than in the UK ? We pay GBP 1,700 a year for our house without any heating
Your house in Zürich ? And you pay directly to the energy supplier, ie not to a landlord as part of the "Nebenkosten" ? And is hot water included ?
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We pay GBP 1,700 a year for our house without any heating


For how many kWh?


GBP 1700 => CHF 2410.
Let look at EKZ. http://www.ekz.ch/content/ekz/de/pri...trom.html#tab2
Fix cost is 64.80 CHF/a
Energy price is 0.190725 CHF/kWh (Assuming 3/4 day, 1/4 night ussage)
Makes a usage of 12269 kWh or 1400 Watt of constant usage, 24/7 !
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Its outrageous that each Kanton still has its own monopoly Electricty supplier, i.e EKZ in Kanton Zurich which is no doubt twice the price it should be ! It the Swisscom of the 1980's
Not privatized doesn't mean more expensive or worse at all, you have been indoctrinated rather well.

Read up on, for example, water service in Paris, which allows for a fairly direct comparison. Or on the privatisation of UK trains and rails, in particular on Railtrack (private) and its successor Network Rail (public under special law).

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Did I read this correctly you think that CH monopolised Electricity here is cheaper than in the UK ? We pay GBP 1,700 a year for our house without any heating
Price differences for individual cases need not mean anything at all. You'd need similar buidling standards, insulation, outside temperatures, appliances using electricity and usage of those, etc. It's much easier to compare price of a kWh and costs of line usage, if any.
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Re: Suppliers and Unit cost of Electricty

Water, electricity, public transpo should remain under public control IMHO, in the EU they have this privatization push but it doesn't work better and the costs have not gone down, italy docet, where privatization was seen like an efficiency move to avoid the corrupted politics, but didn't really work. It may be useful in a country where the public sector is inefficient but in switzerland it works really good, there's no reason or incentive to privatize anything.
Anyway electricity companies are private technically, but under public ownership, so it's in their interest to bring costs down as much as possible. They also manage street lights, christmas lights, etc.
The companies are not always cantonal, in ticino there are different ones for example. They can be directly owned by the communes, but a commune can also choose to manage electricity in-house (completely public), you can do whatever you want it's a democracy.
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