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Energy price index August 2018: energy 7.5% more expensive year-on-year

• Fuels still at a high level
• Heating oil more expensive by a quarter than previous year

First results of power price zone split: wholesale price on Monday 3.2% higher than in Germany

• From 1 October 2018, no longer common market for Germany and Austria
• First auction for Austria on the spot market: 63.19 euros per MWh for base and 69.10 euros for peak

2017: 140 million euros in energy research invested by the Federal and the State governments

• Almost half of the budget went to energy efficiency
• Energy research an important building block for the climate and energy strategy
• “Energy efficiency first” also in energy research

Energy price index July 2018: energy 8% more expensive year-on-year

• Higher fuel prices are the most important price drivers in the consumer price index
• Only minor changes in energy prices compared to June 2018
• Electricity prices under pressure

Infographic: great success for ban on incandescent bulbs – high energy savings


Extension of submission deadline: ClimaHost – climate protection competition for the hotel and catering industry

Good ideas take time. For this reason, the climate protection and energy efficiency competition for the hotel and catering industry in the Alpine region will be extended by one month. Until 30 September 2018, restaurant and hotel businesses in the Alps can submit their innovative climate protection ideas and projects.

Ban on halogen lamps

• Starting 1 September 2018, halogen lamps are no longer allowed to reach the shops.
• LEDs score with massive cost and energy savings: running costs only amount to one-seventh; with one lamp alone cost savings of at least 80 euros in ten years possible
• Tips and tricks for buying LED lamps by taking into account colour temperature, life cycle and dimmability

Wholesale electricity prices: 26% higher than last year

Austria electricity price index at its highest level since February 2014

Energy price index June 2018: price gap to previous year continues to widen

• Heating oil already 27% more expensive than in June 2017 • Diesel fuel (16%) and premium petrol (12%) record strong increase • Overall, household energy is 7.5% more expensive year-on-year • Fuels in Austria relatively cheap compared to holiday countries

Premium Light Pro shows professional users how to switch to energy-efficient LED lighting

• Support for decision-makers in the public and private sector • Free guidelines, product database, and workshops for indoor and outdoor lighting • Life cycle cost calculator compares existing systems with possible alternatives

Data scientist meets energy expert: Austrian Energy Agency to expand its portfolio

• Experts from the Austrian Energy Agency rely on graph-based network analysis in energy research. • Research project commissioned by the Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT) visualises the activities of the International Energy Agency (IEA). • Project highlights the focus of international energy research and delivers new insights. • Data are open source and can be used free of charge by scientists for further research. The Austrian Energy Agency will provide direction and support.

In 2017, Austria paid 10.7 billion euros for energy imports

• The net expenditures (minus revenues from energy exports) amounted to 7.9 billion euros. • This corresponds to 1,000 euros per Austrian or the entire surplus generated in the tourism industry. • Fighting outflow of purchasing power with investments in building modernisation and fossil-free heating systems.

Wood as an economic factor: klimaaktiv’s new wood flow charts show how the raw material is processed in Austria

• Approximately 80% of the fresh wood resources available through logging and timber import pass through the woodworking industry as sawlogs and industrial round wood. A merely 20% is used as firewood and wood chips in the energetic recovery. • The heart of the domestic timber flows, the sawmill industry processes around 18.3 million cubic metres of sawlogs per year (including bark and off-cuts). • The paper and board industries process around 6.6 million cubic metres of industrial roundwood (including bark) and 5.7 million cubic metres of sawmill by-products. • Wood is the most important renewable energy source in Austria and is used, on the one hand, as firewood and briquettes in manually loaded and, on the other hand, as pellets, wood chips and bark in automatic combustion plants. Moreover, the lye from pulp production and other wood-based residues is energetically employed. • Taking into account all energy wood products and raw material sources (including recycled wood, pruning waste, road maintenance material, vines, grinding dust, lye, etc.), the energy balance displays approximately 25.3 million cubic metre equivalent of wood-based energy use. • In Austria less wood is used than renewed in the forest. • More than 90% of the Austrian timber imports come from our neighbouring countries (mainly from Germany, the Czech Republic, and Slovenia) and serve as raw material supply to our export-oriented industry.

Energy price index May 2018: heating oil most important price driver

• Heating oil up 20.8% year-on-year und 7.5% higher than last month • Household energy 5.2% more expensive than a year ago and up 2.5% compared with previous month

Gas prices rise massively for the second month in a row

Compared with the previous year, the Austrian gas price index (OGPI) at 26.1% exceeds the figure of July 1997

Wholesale electricity prices: 21% more expensive year-on-year

Austrian electricity price index in August reaches highest level since March 2014.

Eco-programmes run longer but save money

At the most energy-efficient washing machines and dishwashers are presented and the advantages of eco-programmes explained.

ClimaHost: new climate protection competition for the hotel and catering industry

Five-star hotel and mountain lodge alike, all catering and hotel businesses can submit their innovative solutions for climate protection and energy efficiency by 31 August, 2018.The winners will be awarded at the 15th Alpine Conference and also receive a professionally made image video for their use.

Diesel fuel drives energy price index

Household energy 1.7% more expensive than a year ago, increase of 1.4% compared to previous month

Austrian gas price index: increase of 2.1% in June 2018

Year-on-year, the Austrian gas price index is 7.1% higher than in June 2017

Electricity wholesale prices: 20% more expensive than last year

Austrian electricity prise index at its highest since July 2014

178 GW renewable energy worldwide additionally in 2017

Continued increase of new investments worldwide in renewable energies and fuels according to the Renewables 2018 Global Status Report. The Austrian Energy Agency considers the energy future as a business case.

Energy price index March: Energy prices slightly decreased compared to the previous month

Gas cheaper, firewood and heating oil more expensive year-on-year

Agenda Energy Austria 2018: fossil energy is no longer an option, the same applies today to nuclear energy

Great challenges, great chances, systemic change, and transformation – these are the characteristics of the energy future as seen by the leaders of the domestic energy sector to whom the Minister for Sustainability Elisabeth Köstinger presented the cornerstones of the climate and energy strategy. The panel on the podium discussing the consequences of the government’s strategy consisted of Josef Plank (Secretary General, Ministry for Sustainability and Tourism), Christian Weissenburger (Section Head, Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology), Peter Koren (Vice Secretary General of the Federation of Austrian Industry), Leonhard Schitter (President of Oesterreichs Energie and Board Spokesman of Salzburg AG), Oliver Schmerold (Association Director of OAMTC), Peter Weinelt (Chairman of the Association of Gas and District Heating Supply Companies and Vice General Director of Wiener Stadtwerke), Franz Titschenbacher (President of the Chamber of Agriculture Styria and Chairman of the Forestry and Timber Industry Committee at the Austrian Chamber of Agriculture) as well as Thomas Gangl (Senior Vice President Refining & Petrochemicals at OMV).

“FuturE Electricity Camp“: Building a new, thrilling energy narrative

The energy future won’t work unless many of us get involved. How to raise enthusiasm among the general public in Austria was the key question of the FuturE Electricity Camp powered by Oesterreichs Energie und the Austrian Energy Agency. Inputs of experts in the fields of journalism, communication or campaigning as well as scientists or representatives of NGOs were used as sources of inspiration for new approaches developed through a rapid prototyping process. Around 50 professionals explored the question which frames and narratives would be required in order to change consumer behaviour.

Austrian electricity price index at its highest level since November 2014

Electricity was 18% more expensive in June 2018 than in the previous year

All-clear given regarding electricity zone split: merely between € 0,6 and € 1,8 more expenses monthly

• Scenarios show only moderate additional costs for households
• Annual increase of €7.2 to €21.5 for electricity bill
• Significant differences between the federal states

Energy price index February: energy prices fell slightly

• No changes in electricity and gas prices, however, decline in fuel oil and fuel prices
• Year-on-year, district heating more expensive, but electricity and gas cheaper

Austrian gas price index decreases slightly

Compared to May 2017, the Austrian gas price index is 4,6% higher year-on-year finding fuel-saving and eco-friendly summer tyres at the push of a button

What to look for when purchasing summer tyres and how to find the right tyre model ensuring your car a particularly high energy efficiency and the best traction in wet conditions – all this information is available at

Energy price index January: energy prices continued to rise slightly year-on-year

• Lower grid tariffs reduce gas prices for households
• Electricity prices somewhat lower than in January last year
• Heating oil and fuel prices continue to rise

Energy price review 2017: energy more expensive again

• Peak values for heating oil and fuels
• Prices for electricity and gas decreased
• 300,000 oil heaters less within ten years
• Ten-year comparison: inflation increases twice as fast as energy price index

Austrian gas price index continues to decline slightly

Gas price dropping also compared to previous year

“Smart Energy – Generation Y, Z“: youth campaign on energy efficiency entering its third round

• Austrian Energy Agency implements online and offline youth campaign on the subject of energy efficiency on behalf of the Climate and Energy Fund
• So far, 510 students of 22 classes have been engaged in the topic of energy saving
• 7,100 energy tips have been viewed and edited online
• In 2018, campaign, for the first time, targets visitors at the music festival Szene Openair

Austrian electricity price index remains at high level

Electricity is 16% more expensive in April 2018 than in the preceding year

Austrian gas price index slightly decreasing

Gas also cheaper year-on-year

Austrian electricity price index remains at high level

Electricity is 17.4% more expensive in March compared to the previous year

EU project “ProCold“ provides for more energy efficiency in cooling units

- For the first time, comparability of commercial cooling units facilitated – for further details:
- Companies can save twice: 50% less energy costs than with average devices, 30% refund of application costs
- Global warming potential 1,000 times lower

Energy price index: energy prices climb to an annual high in December

- Household energy as expensive as they were in August 2015
- Prices for heating oil, premium-grade petrol and diesel fuel at highest level since summer 2015
- Electricity prices remain lower year-on-year

Model companies in Vorarlberg focus on a realistic representation of their energy performance

Businesses benefit from a structured view of their energy consumption. With sound key figures, they can measure the success of their efforts to increase efficiency. The Austrian Energy Agency offers suitable trainings on 12 and 13 March 2018 in Vienna.

Study on the future of mobility: no “one size fits all“ in the case of drive systems

- Three quarters of respondents expect self-driving vehicles in certain areas within ten years, but not nationwide
- Seven out of ten respondents view “Mobility as a Service” as an alternative to private cars
- E-commerce will replace private supply channels: experts expect reduction by 40%
- According to 80% of the respondents, areas without vehicles with combustion engine (zero emission zones) will be part of everyday life in 2030

Austrian electricity price index at its highest level since July 2015

Electricity is 19% more expensive in February 2018 compared to the previous year

Energy price index November: energy prices at the highest level in more than two years

- The price of heating oil rises the most among all energy sources
- Highest fuel prices since summer 2015 but cheaper than the EU-28 average
- Energy driving inflation for the first time in six months

Austrian gas price index starts the new year at a high level

Gas remains nearly 10% more expensive than the previous year

Energy Efficiency Directive: notifications until 14 February 2018

The monitoring agency for energy efficiency calls on energy suppliers to report their efficiency measures and energy sales by 14.02.218 (00:00).

Austrian electricity price index starts new year with a record high since September 2015

Electricity by over 20% more expensive than the last year – special information about separation of German-Austrian electricity price zones

Austrian gas price index by over 20% higher in 2017 than in 2016

In December, gas is 10% more expensive compared to the previous year

Energy price index in October: energy prices continue to rise

Heating oil 5.1% more expensive year-on-year – gas more expensive than the previous month for the first time in two years – electricity by nearly 5% down on the previous year

Austrian Energy Agency: criticism of heating cost comparison not comprehensible

The calculation of the heating costs is based on applicable legal standards and current cost rates charged by the market participants

Comparing heating costs: these are the heating costs in Austria

For the current comparison of heating costs, the Austrian Energy Agency has calculated the full costs of various heating systems. The result: natural gas boiler systems and air/water heat pumps with top scores.

Austrian electricity price index concludes 2017 at two-year high

Electricity wholesale prices in December by more than 23% higher than year-on-year

Free guide: how to find the right charging station for your e-car

E-cars can be charged by using a socket. But if the process needs to be done more quickly, a charging station at home is better suited. But be careful: higher performance can generate more costs. The selection of charging stations available is vast. How do you find the right type for your garage? As part of the klimaaktiv programme, the Austrian Energy Agency has created a free guide, which for the first time provides a detailed overview of charging stations available for private households in Austria.

Energy price index in September: heating oil and fuel prices continue to rise

No impact of energy on inflation – diesel almost nine cents per litre cheaper than premium-grade petrol – heating oil with the strongest price increase among all energy sources – households pay 1.5% more for energy than the previous year

November 2017: Austrian gas price index (OEGPI) continues to rise

OEGPI is 17.5% higher than a year ago testing: low-cost LEDs with good results

LEDs in bulb or candle shape, ranging from 4 to 7 euro, perform well in the testing. Luminance, light colour, colour reproduction, and energy efficiency have been tested – free, interactive table with all details at

Austrian electricity price index to hit two-year high in November

Price increase steeper than in preceding months – electricity over 25% more expensive than previous year

October 2017: Austrian gas price index (OEGPI) on the rise for the first time in six months

OEGPI 14% higher than a year ago

Major success for „Smart Energy – Generation Y, Z“ – campaign to start second round

– Online and offline youth campaign on energy efficiency implemented by Austrian Energy Agency on behalf of Climate and Energy Fund – Students identify measures with saving potentials of up to 400,000 kWH, 116,000 kg CO2, and 58,000 euro per year – Online energy check SMERGYmeter calculates energy consumption as well as the success of energy-saving measures compared to those of friends

Vacuum cleaners: new regulation reduces power consumption and noise level

– New Ecodesign Directive with stricter limits for vacuum cleaners: maximum 900 Watt, lower power consumption, and more efficient dust absorption – For the first time, also maximum volume, minimum service life of the engine, and dust emissions regulated

Electricity wholesale prices on the rise again in October

Austrian electricity price index 22,6% higher than previous year – rising annual trend continues

September 2017: Austrian gas price index (OEGPI) falls to 10-month low

OEGPI has been decreasing since March 2017, but is still 7.5% higher than a year ago

Energy price index (EPI) in July: energy prices still falling

– EPI at 11-month low in July – prices dampened principally due to fuels – largest price difference between super petrol and diesel since mid-2016

Electricity wholesale price drops slightly in September

Slight decrease compared to preceding month, but steepest price increase since more than eight years in a year-on-year comparison: electricity 20,5% more expensive than in September 2016

Demise of “A+++” label: What brings the new energy label?

More comprehensive information: confusing plus signs eliminated, simple rating scale from A to G – at the beginning, there will be no products with a class-A rating

August 2017: Austrian gas price index (OEGPI) slumps to 9-month low

OEGPI falls for the fifth month in a row – price difference to previous year continues to shrink, but the index is still up by 11,5% compared to the reference period in 2016

Energy price index (EPI) in June: for the first time this year, energy less expensive than previous year

– Low fuel prices mainly responsible for the drop of the index – Energy continues to dampen inflation – A full tank of super petrol 9,50 euro cheaper than the EU average

Market monitoring: How to ensure energy efficiency and the quality of LEDs, heaters and printers

A market monitoring project in 12 EU countries guarantees that customers can rely on correct product information – devices not meeting minimum standards are withdrawn from the market – test results: correct indication of energy consumption and energy efficiency by manufacturers, however, problems in part regarding performance and quality criteria

Austrian electricity price index: 20% more expensive than a year ago

Price continues to rise in August to the highest level since December 2015

Austrian Energy Agency brings on board mobility expert Monika Wanjek

Mobility transition as prerequisite for energy transition – Austria Energy Agency expands its competence centre for traffic and mobility with energy planning and provides comprehensive consulting

Energy management systems: new regulations for ISO 50001 certification increase transparency in energy savings

Companies will benefit since they will be able to measure the success of strategies of enhancing efficiency with the help of significant key figures. The existing ISO 50001 obligation to continuously improve the energy performance will be more closely audited from October 2017 by the certification bodies. Companies must present objectively verifiable improvements. The Austrian Energy Agency provides relevant trainings – free Webinar with details and Q&As on July 14, 2017

Energy price index at six-month low

Energy not driver of inflation anymore – price difference in fuel prices declining compared to previous year – solid fuels and district heat more expensive

July 2017: Austrian gas price index falls to seven-month low

Austrian gas price index decreases month-on-month, smaller price difference compared to previous year

The most economical air conditioning systems at a glance, and tips and tricks for cooling

Current overview at shows the annual energy consumption, cooling capacity, energy efficiency, volume and more – valuable tips and tricks for purchasing and using air conditioners

Free service: achieving certification as a “klimaaktiv” building with just a few clicks

Austrian Energy Agency develops new, free service for builders or home buyers: transmit data from the energy performance certificate at the touch of a button to receive certification as a klimaaktiv building

Austrian electricity price index to hit highest level in 17 months

Electricity price 16% higher than in July of the preceding year, and 2.3% increase against June 2017

Energy price index in April unchanged, slight fluctuations for energy sources

Heating oil prices lower, but still high year-on-year – fuel, electricity, and gas stable – solid fuels cheaper, district heating more expensive

Renewable energy record: more capacity for less money

Austrian Energy Agency highlights statements of current Renewables 2017 Global Status Report: enormous importance of energy efficiency and new technologies – fossil fuel subsidies hinder progress towards energy transition

Seven billion euros outflow of purchasing power: energy transition as opportunity for the Austrian economy

Imports of fossil fuels weigh on domestic trade balance: almost seven billion euros – energy exports already deducted – flowed abroad in 2016, 60% of which went to oil and petroleum products – without net imports of crude oil and petroleum products, surpluses amounting to billions possible – transformation of the energy system brings opportunities for domestic industry

Austrian gas price index remains stable in June

Austrian gas price index falls marginally in a monthly comparison, but is 40% higher than in the previous year

Natural colours, paints, oils score high in terms of environment, health and quality

DIY with renewable resources: Avoiding petroleum products in your home and garden brings numerous benefits. Free klimaaktiv info brochure with tips, tricks, and background information is available for download.

Competition – 670 submissions: students present their energy future

In the anniversary year of the Austrian Energy Agency, children and young people dedicated themselves to the energy future by drawing, painting, and designing newspapers. The winners from elementary schools, lower and upper grades were delighted with exciting prizes, which were awarded in the context of the anniversary celebrations.

Forty years of Austrian Energy Agency: Key players in the energy industry discuss the energy future


Energy world in 10 years: winner electricity, loser oil – efficiency as the key to the energy transition

Survey ENERGY 2027>> on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Austrian Energy Agency gives an outlook on the future: Importance of electricity as the source of energy is rising, with two thirds of respondents expecting 100% green electricity from Austria in 10 years. Businesses and individuals will generate and trade electricity. The energy industry is facing a massive upheaval, e-mobility will prevail.

Austrian electricity price index drops slightly, but remains high

Austrian electricity price index decreased for the first time since November 2016, but more than 11% higher year-on-year

Study: digitisation will change the energy industry massively

Current study of the Austrian Energy Agency shows: Energy industry expects major changes, start-ups and companies from outside the sector will benefit. The energy industry does not view itself as a beneficiary of the digitisation. High potential is attributed to new services; low profitability and legal frameworks are inhibiting market penetration. Half of the companies have a digitisation strategy.

Energy price index: slight decline in energy prices in March 2017

Reduced price difference compared to last year, the largest decline evident for heating oil

Energy prices unchanged at 18-month high

Comparison to the previous year shows: fuels by 17% more expensive, heating oil increased by more than a third – energy continues to drive inflation

Austrian electricity price index continues to rise

The Austrian electricity price index has increased for the sixth time in a row, reaching a level in May as it did 15 months ago.

Smart meter study: great potential, low willingness to pay

High expectations with regard to financial savings – great interest in saving energy; user behaviour is changing, albeit slowly – top 5 of the most interesting smart meter services

Research project: What does it take to make fuel cells a success?

Austrian Energy Agency leads international working group on the future technology of fuel cells, examining how legal frameworks affect market development. In addition, Austrian experts have analysed price differences between the EU and Japan.

Gas wholesale prices half as much again more expensive than a year ago

Austrian gas price index remains high year-on-year, but has declined by 1.7% compared to March 2017.

LEDs in retro design beat classic decorative bulbs at efficiency and price

In a 10-year comparison, the total cost of a decorative bulb is up to 16 times higher than modern LEDs – filament LEDs are well suited for atmospheric decoration

Mitterlehner: energy efficiency law proves its worth also in the second year

Legal requirements according to EU regulations also met in 2016 – companies reported about 10.000 notifications of energy-saving measures – 7.21 petajoules of energy saved

Austrian electricity price index climbs to 13-month high

Prices rise for the fifth month in a row – turnaround in annual comparison: 1.5% more expensive than in the previous year

ProCold Award 2017: These are the most energy efficient cooling units

Innovative and efficient cooling units save thousands of euros: Whether ice cream chest or beverage cooler, the winners score with particularly high energy efficiency and natural refrigerants with low global warming potential

Energy price index: turnaround – energy drives inflation

Diesel and petrol significantly more expensive than a year ago, but cheaper than the EU average – heating oil at the beginning of the year by a third more expensive than last year – cold winter brings 800 million euros additional costs for households – rehabilitation leads to savings

Cold winter brings 18-month high at gas price

Austrian gas price index also on the rise by 11% compared to February 2017 – number of heating degree days as high as 30 years ago

How do you measure energy that you have not consumed?

Energy efficiency as competitive advantage for companies and contribution to climate protection – Austrian Energy Agency Academy organises trainings: implementation of energy management systems and transparent measuring of savings

Austrian electricity price index continues to rise

Recent developments in the Austrian electricity price index show: highest level since April 2016 and only 4.7% cheaper than in the previous year

Energy price index: highest price for diesel and petrol at the end of the year

Energy price index of Austrian Energy Agency climbs to 15-month high – heating oil in December 2016 15 % higher than in the previous year

Austrian gas price index: about 10% higher than a year ago

Largest price increase year-on-year after more than years, index at its highest since December 2015

Austrian Energy Agency starts school competition ENERGY2027>>

Topic energy future: renewable energy, new technologies and energy efficiency – drawing competition for elementary school students – students of the lower and higher grades create newspaper

Comparison of heating costs: heating with natural gas cheapest, wood and pellets best for the environment

Current heating cost comparison of Austrian Energy Agency shows how expensive heating in an average Austrian detached house is

Austrian electricity price index: largest price increase after more than six years

Austrian electricity price index continues to rise: peak since May 2016, but still 8,6% lower than in February of the preceding years

Austrian Energy Agency: new communications director Klaus Kraigher

Communication as key element of the new company strategy: Austrian Energy Agency has positioned itself as the main source of information providing answers today to the energy questions of tomorrow

Austrian Energy Agency goes for visionzero

2017: 40th anniversary and the new strategy “Answers for the Energy Future” – focusing on “Fossil-Free Future”, “Energy Intelligence”, and “Industries in Transition”
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