Information on the gas price brake - 
annual consumption of > 1.5 Mio. kWh

In order to further relieve the consumers of the high energy prices, the December emergency aid for natural gas and heating customers will be followed by the price brakes on electricity, natural gas and heat on 1 March 2023.

They are another focus of the government's relief package and are financed from federal funds. All relevant information and decisions tak en by the Federal Government can be found on the pages of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection.

We will of course implement all relief measures for our customers in acccordance with the legal requirements. However, additional to the price brake it might be worth to compare prices. Click here to go to the price calculator >>
We have compiled the most important information on the gas price brake for you here.

The most important in brief

How does the price brake work?

With the gas price brake, 70 % of your annual consumpiton* is capped at 7 cents per kilowatt hour (net)



The price brake has been applied since the 1st of March 2023.

* usually, annual consumption of 2021 measured by your grid operator

To whom does the gas price cap apply?

The price cap of 7 ct/kWh net applies to companies with an annual consumption of 1,5 Mio. kWh as well as licensed hospitals.


For enterprises that consume less than 1,5 Mio. kWh gas per year, different regulations apply. Learn more >>


How do I receive the relief?

Since March 2023, the monthly advance payment has been reduced by the calculated amount of relief. Every customer received an information letter on this topic.

Obligation of enterprises to inform of 

Enterprises, whose probable monthly relief amount exceeds a total of 150,000 euro, are obliged to inform their energy suppliers. 
By 31 March 2023 at the latest, a self-declaration  has to be submitted in which the company informs about 

» which maximum limit is to apply to the enterprise's points of withdrawal

» which share of said limit is to be considered for the respective supply relation - if the enterprise has contracted several suppliers. 

» what proportion of the limit is to be applied to the individual points of withdrawal per month 


When calculating the relief amounts, it is necessary to consider all points of withdrawal that are supplied with electricity, natural as and/or heat - independent from the respective grid area and the energy supplier. 

We ask for your understanding that we are not allowed to give legal advice to our customers. In case of questions regarding the limits and the self-declaration, please directly contact your auditor or a third party for counsel on this topic. 

You can find questions and answers on the topic farther below.

How does the gas price brake work exactly?

Starting point is the annual consumption forecast for the withdrawal point in September 2022. 

For 70% of this consumption quantity, the customer pays the fixed reference price. The remaining 30% is charged at the contractually agreed price. A potential over- or underconsumption is settled through the annual consumption bill. 

Good to know: The consumption quantities saved are reimbursed at the agreed contract price.


Example calculation of the relief amount

for an enterprise with an annual consumption of 2 Mio. kWh and a contractually agreed consumption price of 12 ct/kWh net

The calculated relief amount is distributed evenly over the months of the year and reduces the instalment amount to be paid or - in the case of monthly billing - the invoice amount.

Situation am Energiemarkt

Your annual consumption is less than 1.5 Mio kWh?

In this case, different regulations apply for determining the relief amount. Important information and examples

 you can find here

Are you operating a combined heat and power (CHP) plant?

If you use the natural gas supplied to operate a CHP plant to simultaneously generate heat and electricity, special regulations apply for the determination of your relief quota (kilowatt hours per calendar year) in accordance with § 10 EWPBG

The natural gas consumed for the operation of the CHP plant is always taken into account when the relief quota is determined. Please inform us by 31 March 2023 at the latest if you operate a CHP plant using the following form:

download  Download Form CHP-plant operator

Note: Commercial operators of electricity and heat generation plants are exempt from the price brake.


help How does the brake work, if...

arrow_forward ... you are already our customer

Your consumption rate for natural gas is above the price cap of 7 cents net per kWh:

Then you have already received a letter from us in which we inform you about

  • your relief-quota - i. e. the amount of natural gas you will receive at the capped price
  • your relief amount for the year of months
  • in the case of instalment payments: your instalment amounts reduced by the gas price brake

Your consumption rate for natural gas is below the price cap of 7 cents per kWh:

If your consumption rate is below the price brake, you will of course continue to pay according to your contractually agreed, more favourable conditions.

looks_oneYou have chosen a different jenaturGas product?
It is easiest way is to change your product online in our customer portal. Otherwise, our customer service is also happy to take care of your concerns. 

looks_twoOrder and contract confirmation 
After placing your order, you will receive an order and / or contract confirmation, depending on the agreed start of delivery. 
looks_3Important! Report meter reading 
Please report your meter reading to us the day before your supply under the new tariff starts. We will inform you about the start of delivery in your order or contract information. It would be best if you reported your meter reading online. To do this, you will need your customer- and meter number. 
Report meter reading

looks_4Information regarding the price brake and relief 

Under the price brake, your change of product leads to a change in relief. We will send you more information on this topic in a separate letter.

arrow_forward a change of supplier is planned:

Important to know: In this case, you have to ensure that the consumption that is to be taken into account for your relief can be used as a basis. For this, it is necessary that you submit your final invoice, which must contain the following information:

- the amount of your calculated relief quota
- the calculated total relief and the relief amounts that have already been disbursed

As long as we do not have this information, it is not permitted to take the price brake into account when the supplier is changed.

Please note: It can take up to 6 weeks before you receive the final invoice that contains said relevant information.

New customers of the Stadtwerke Energie receive an information letter regarding their relief as soon as they send us the final invoice of their prior supplier as proof.

forum Questions and Answers

You are entitled to the gas price cap of 7 cents net per kilowatt hour if:

  • you consume more than 1.5 million kWh of natural gas per year
  • your net consumption price is above 7 cents per kilowatt hour

For companies with an annual consumption of less than 1.5 million kWh, a price cap of 13 cents gross applies. You can find more information here >>

The first time you will receive relief by means of the electricity price brake will be March 2023. During this process, you will also receive relief retroactively for the months of January and February. 

In a letter, we have already informed you about your individual relief and the reduced billing amounts resulting from this.

With the implementation of the price brakes, it is not necessary to send us your meter reading for the time being. The annual consumption forecast will be used to calculate your individual relief amount.

If you want to send us your meter reading nevertheless, the best way to do this is online.

Your annual bill is due? Usually, your grid operator informs you when your meter reading is to be read, or that you should report it on a specified day.

Are you changing your jenaGas product? In order to be able to bill you correctly during the transition period between the two tariffs, it is important that you inform us of your meter reading the day before the new tariff applies.

Saving energy is still the call of the hour.

Because with the gas price brake, only 80% of your predicted annual consumption fall below the capped price. For every additional kilowatt-hour consumed, you have to pay the contract price.

Energy saving is still the call of the hour

Every gas customer - from businesses to private households – is asked to reduce their consumption as much as possible.

For more energy efficiency
We are happy to support you with the implementation of:

  • Energy-management systems
  • Energy-audits and
  • Load-profile analyses

Learn more


You can find energy saving tips for companies on the
pages of the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Protection.