Many consumers will face higher gas prices in the next year. The price increases are most pronounced in one federal state.

Gas prices will rise again for many consumers in 2019.

AMany consumers will face higher gas prices in the next year: After prices have fallen continuously for five years, numerous basic suppliers are now increasing their prices at the turn of the year, as the comparison portal Verivox announced on Friday. According to this, 224 of the 710 basic suppliers have announced price increases averaging 7.7 percent for the months of December and January.

According to calculations by the portal, heating a single-family house with an annual consumption of 20,000 kilowatt hours will cost around 97 euros more in the coming year. Only eleven utilities are reducing their prices – by an average of 9.3 percent.

The comparison portal Check24 had already announced on Wednesday that the gas price had climbed to a two-year high in November, according to which 216 utilities increased their prices in autumn or announced increases for the coming weeks. The average surcharge is 8.3 percent, affecting almost 1.5 million households.

According to Verivox, the increase affects almost all federal states. The price increases are therefore most pronounced, with an average of 13 percent in Rhineland-Palatinate. But also in Lower Saxony (10.1 percent), Brandenburg (9.5 percent), Saxony-Anhalt (9.2 percent), Saarland (9.2 percent) and Baden-Württemberg (9.1 percent), consumers must, according to the portal expect significant additional costs. Those who live in one of the city-states of Hamburg, Bremen or Berlin, on the other hand, are spared any increases, at least for the time being.

The main reason for the price increase is higher procurement costs. The import prices for natural gas have risen by around 40 percent in the past two years. “Many suppliers are therefore forced to pass the higher costs on to their customers,” explained Verivox energy expert Mathias Köster-Niechziol.