Imagine your electricity bill would be €100. Which costs are includes in this bill?
The energy cost (56 % of the bill)
This is the price that the energy supplier charges. This price can, of course, vary depending on the energy supplier and depending on the formula that you choose.
Your energy supplier is the one with whom you have concluded a contract, and from whom you receive your energy bill.
Contrary to the electricity bill, the transmission costs (Fluxys) are included in the energy cost.
The distribution cost (21,6 % of the bill)
The distribution cost included in your bill covers not only the actual distribution cost, but also other costs that the distribution system operator has to collect and pass on to the relevant parties.
1. Distribution system operator’s tasks (19,3 % of the bill)
- Management, maintenance and development of the entire gas network
- Management of all gas meters
- Management of consumption data
- Management of the operation of the market (customer exchanges, supplier exchanges, etc.)
2. The municipal fee for occupation of the public domain (1,9 % of the bill)
The fee for occupation of the public domain is a levy paid to be able to use the public highway to lay gas pipelines and electricity cables.
Regional public service obligations (2 % of the bill)
By order of the regional authorities, the distribution system operator also has to provide specific public services:
- Protection of weaker consumers
This is done by supplying energy to those with ‘protected customer’ status and fitting a capacity limiter for customers with payment difficulties.
- Risk prevention for indoor gas installations
Taxes and federal contribution (19% of the bill)
This cost includes the VAT (21%) and other federal contributions.