Information on the gas price brake

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

As things stand today, the price brakes will apply until the 31st of December 2023, but can be extended up to and including April 2024 by the Federal Government.

They are a focal point of the government's relief package and are financed from federal funds.

You can find all relevant information and decisions made by the Federal Government on the homepage of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection.

Of course, we will implement all relief measures for our customers following the legislative guidelines. 

We put together the most important information on the electricity price brake for you here. 

Questions and answers 
on the topic you can find >> here

The essentials in brief

How does the price brake work?

With the gas price brake, 80% of your annual consumption* is capped at 12 cents per kWh (gross) 


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

* usually, the current annual consumption preview of the grid operator or the annual consumption forecast in September 2022

For whom does the electricity price brake apply?

The price cap of 12cents/kWh gross applies to private households as well as small and mid-sized companies with an annual consumption of up to 1,5 million kWh.


For companies with registered power measurement (RLM-customers) and a gas consumption higher than 1.5 million kWh as well as licensed hospitals, there are different regulations.

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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.

Calculate the amount of your relief with the price brake calculator 

The gas price brake calculator by the Stadtwerke Energie determines a forecast for your personal state relief amount. it calculates with data you are asked to enter beforehand, such as previous year's consumption and contract prices. In addition, it enables a simple estimate of the financial relief possible through energy savings. The final annual amount, however, is ultimately determined by the actual consumption data at your point of use.


The calculated values only reflect the expected relief. You will be informed of the final amount directly by your energy supplier.

How does the gas price brake work exactly?

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

For 80% of this consumption quantity, the customer pays the fixed reference price. The remaining 20% 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 for the calculation of the relief amount

for a household with an annual consumption of 20,000 kWh and a contractually agreed consumption price of 25.905 cents/kWh gross

The calculated relief amount will be distributed evenly over the months of the year and reduces the advance payment amount to be paid.

If there is a price adjustment during the relief period, the relief amount will also be recalculated.


This is how the relief amount is calculated

Example for a household with an annual consumption of 20,000 kWh and a contractually agreed consumption price of 25.905 cct/kWh gross as well as an annual base rate of 88.32 € gross.

Previous monthly instalment without relief 439.11 € (2,000 kWh x 25.905 ct/kWh + 88.32€ base ratre per year ) / 12 months

Monthly relief within the price brake 185.40 € (25.905 ct/kWh - 12.00 ct/kWh) x 16,000 kWh / 12 months


If a payment via instalment - usually monthly - is agreed upon with the customer, the current amount of instalment is reduced by the amount of monthly relief. For the months of January and February, the relief is factored in retroactively and is considered in the instalment of March.  

Please note:

Should during this retroactive settlement the instalment amount for March fall below 0€, the amount to be paid in March will be 0€. The difference will be applied toward the next invoice. 

help How does the brake work if ...

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Your consumption price for electricity is above the price cap of 12 cents per kWh: 

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

  • Your relief quota - i.e. what amount of natural gas you receive at the capped price
  • Your relief amount for the year or months 
  • Your billing amounts reduced by the gas price brake

You can find an example of a calculation for an average household with an annual consumption of 20,000 kWh here on our information page.

Your consumption price for natural gas below the price cap of 12 cents per kWh:

If your consumption price is below the reference values of the price brake, you will of course continue to pay the contractually agreed cheaper price.

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. 

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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.

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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.




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Your are entitled to the gas price cap of 12 cents gross per kilowatt hour if:

  • Your are a private household or a small or mid-sized company and
  • you consume up to 1.5 million kWh electricity per year (for private household, the average is 20,000 kWh per year) and
  • your gross consumption price is above 12 cents per kilowatt hour.

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.

In accordance with legal requirements, we as an energy supplier forecast a weighted annual consumption based on your gas consumption in September 2022. You will receive this projection in your information letter on the price brakes.

It should be taken into account that this value often does not correspond to the consumption indicated on your bill, as it is not always the consumption of a full calendar year that is billed. If you have reported your meter reading or received your annual invoice after September 2022, for example, the annual consumption used for the relief calculation will differ.

If we are unable to determine annual consumption as of September 2022 - e. g. in the event of a move - we will use the forecaste created by your grid operator. 

Since March 2023, the monthly instalment is automatically reduced by the relief amount calculated. You do not have to do anything. Every customer has already received an information letter regarding this topic.

Do you still want to adjust your advance-payment? Due to the very high effort required by the system to implement the energy price brakes, it is currently not possible to adjust advance payments. We kindly ask for your understanding. 

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.

If you live in rented property, the relief will be considered in your advance payment of operating cost or the corresponding bill of utility cost that you receive from your proprietor.

Saving energy is still the call of the hour. 

Because: With the gas price brake, you only receive 80 % of your projected annual consumption at the capped price. For each additional kilowatt-hour consumed, you have to pay the contract price. 

If you use the natural gas to operate a combined heat and power plant (CHP plant) to simultaneously generate heat and electricity, special regulations apply for the determination of your relief quota (kWh 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: 

downloadDownload form sheet operator CHP

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

Saving energy is still the call of the hour

How do the price brakes work?

In this video, Ines Eckert (head of corporate communications), how the price brakes for electricity, gas and heat work.