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    Households in Flanders paid 7% more for electricity in 2017

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    The average price per household for electricity increased in 2017 by 68.13 euros (6.8%) in Flanders, 5.2% in Wallonia, and 2.8% in Brussels, according to figures from the federal energy regulator, Creg. In an analysis of energy costs since 2007, Creg found that electricity prices increased nationally by 5.81% between 2016 and 2017.

    Energy prices went up in Flanders by 17.08 euros or 7.5% in 2017, while distribution tariffs increased by 26.95 euros or 7.2%. Public taxes also went up.

    From 2007 to 2017, the prices per residential customer increased by 71.8% in Belgium. For Flanders the increase was a whopping 114.7% or 571.7 euros. Electricity prices went up by 43.5% during the same period in Wallonia whereas the increase was just 20.1% in Brussels.

    The huge increase in Flanders was due in part to the elimination for free kilowatts per hour (kWh) for households and increased distribution tariffs.

    For natural gas, the price increases varied from region to region in 2007-2017: +7.9% in Flanders, +28.3% in Wallonia and +7.2% in Brussels.

    Maria Novak
    The Brussels Times