12. February 2020

Easy working with IngSoft InterWatt: Standard tariff modules

Just like you, it is important to us at IngSoft to make your daily work as easy as possible. In the series "Tips and Tricks" we will therefore regularly introduce you to features and useful hints in more detail. Our standard tariff modules are such a helpful function.

Structure of a tariff

In principle, a tariff from your utility company always consists of individual components. These are, for example, the labour price, service price and, of course, the various statutory levies, charges and taxes. These are represented in the software in the form of so-called tariff modules. Based on these tariff modules, a tariff is compiled. This is then assigned to the corresponding meters. In this way, the correct costs for the meter can be calculated at any time and forecasts can also be calculated.
Experience shows that it can be difficult to keep the variable parts of a tariff (e.g. changes in labour prices etc.) up to date. Therefore IngSoft offers an additional support for this: the standard tariff modules. These are marked with an underscore in front of the name and cannot be edited by you on the user interface. They represent those legally regulated tariff components that are the same for all tariffs - unless one of the legally regulated exceptions applies in individual cases. This list does not have to be all-encompassing. We will update it regularly, once a year when the changes are announced. This means that changes in time are always up to date and do not have to be adjusted by you.

Limits of the standard rate modules

German energy law is very complex. There are numerous exceptions and special regulations regarding taxes, duties and levies. The standard tariff modules cover the standard case and the most important exceptions. If other special regulations apply to you, you may have to create corresponding rate modules yourself.
In some cases, for example, in rates for residential customers, the statutory components are often not explicitly displayed but are "hidden" in the energy price. When mapping such rates, you can decide whether you want the detailed display (and expand the energy price accordingly) or whether you want to transfer the display from the utility bill 1:1.

Changes in the year 2020

The following changes were made this year:


The EEG levy for non-privileged final consumption increases from 6.405 to 6.756 ct/kWh
The KWK-G levy for non-privileged final consumption drops from 0.280 to 0.226 ct/kWh.
The offshore grid fee remains at 0.416 ct/kWh (no change)
The levy for switch-off loads in accordance with § 18 AbLaV increases from 0.005 to 0.007 ct/kWh
The levy according to § 19 StromNEV increases from 0.305 to 0.358 ct/kWh, but the special regulations for the various end consumer groups remain in place.
The maximum permissible (and almost always required) concession fee for all categories remains unchanged as in all previous years.

Natural gas:

Concession fee (for special contract customers) remains at 0.03 ct/kWh(Hs)
Energy tax on natural gas for heating purposes remains at 0.55 ct/kWh

These adjustments will automatically be available with the next software version 19.3. If you need the changes early, please contact our support.
You have problems mapping one of your energy supply contracts in IngSoft InterWatt? We will be happy to assist you with the setup here as well.