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In Germany’s Green Wonderland, Electricity Costs 68% More Than Ours.

June 17, 2013

By Paul Homewood

 

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http://www.energy.eu/

 

And we think our energy prices are high!

Latest figures from the EU, which compare power prices across Europe, show that Germany and Denmark have by far the highest prices.

It is, of course, no coincidence that both countries have embraced the green dream. In Germany, prices are 68% higher than in the UK.

The reason for the higher prices is clear. As reported by the German Institute for Economic Research in 2011,

 

Over the past decade consumer prices for electricity in Germany have risen considerably in real terms . Electricity prices in Germany are considerably higher than the European average, particularly for households, but also for industrial consumers.

The consumer electricity price increases witnessed in Germany are in recent years partially attributable to a strong rise in the green electricity apportionment under the German Renewable Energy Act (EEG).

In other words, German consumers are paying through the nose to subsidise renewables.

Compared to the UK, Germany is well in front in the renewables stakes. According to Wikipedia, renewables contributed 23% of power generated in Germany, compared to 12% in the UK last year.

In the next few years, as we move towards the target of 20% by 2020 in the UK, we can expect our power bills to skyrocket as well.

4 Comments
  1. gareth permalink
    June 17, 2013 12:35 pm

    We need standard everyday imported commodity (eg a banana 125 g for x pennies average price ) so that fair comparisons can be made. I last paid 20.9 p per kwh (including standing charge,discount,VAT…) as I generally use less than 800 kwh per year.This is 0.246 euro per kwh 😉

  2. Jeffery permalink
    June 17, 2013 12:44 pm

    did a little calculation.
    German electricity costs about .26 Euros per Kilowatt Hour (Eu/kwh)

    American electricity costs about .09 Dollars per Kilowatt Hour ($/kwh) http://www.eia.gov/electricity/monthly/update/end_use.cfm

    Converting, we get .09 dollars = .07 Euros. Conversely, we get .26 Euros = .35 dollars
    http://coinmill.com/EUR_USD.html#EUR=.26

    Either way you slice it, Germans are paying FIVE TIMES the cost of American KWH.

    Go green!

  3. June 17, 2013 4:21 pm

    My french electricity bill: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/1828618/edf.JPG which averages out (all taxes etc included) at less then 10 euro cent.

  4. Brian H permalink
    June 19, 2013 6:06 am

    The EU and UK are discovering the economics of the eternal truth: elections have consequences.

    Now, contemplate the other eternal truth uttered by Uncle Joe: Voters don’t decide elections. Those who count the votes decide elections.

    Complete the syllogism.

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