Vienna is cutting prices for district heating yet another time. The reason for this is a recommendation by the city’s Fairness Commission, which last examined and evaluated the cost development, as the office of Finance City Councilor Peter Hanke (SPÖ) announced on Monday. The commission had been set up after Wien Energie had roughly doubled prices the previous year, prompting massive criticism.
Since then, reductions have already been announced twice. Now, there is to be a third relief step. According to Hanke, the commission, headed by the lawyer Walter Barfuß, observes developments in the energy markets. Now, a trend favorable to district heating customers has emerged here.
According to the finance department, the market situation of the past few weeks and the most current winter prognoses make an additional lowering of the current costs possible. A “clearly noticeable” reduction is promised. A standard dwelling with 70 square meters saves between 40 and 115 euros per month. The district heating price reduction will be taken into account in the new partial amounts in the course of the coming annual statements.