Munich (dpa) - electricity customers numerous providers have to pay more in the coming year. According to the comparison portal Check24, 419 primary care providers have announced that they will raise prices at the turn of the year. That is more than every second basic provider in Germany. On average, electricity is therefore 5.4 percent more expensive. Also included are utilities that have already increased in recent weeks. Most recently there were many increases in the first quarter of 2019. As a reason, the suppliers have stated increased charges and network fees.