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One Million German Households Have Had Power Shut Off – Spiegel

November 17, 2015

By Paul Homewood  




Pierre Gosselin has news of how a million German households have had their power cut off because they cannot afford to pay ever rising bills:


The online Spiegel has an article that really drives home the energy hardship that German consumers are suffering, “due to the rising costs of electricity“, brought on by the country’s hasty rush into green energies.

It is not only Germany’s power companies who are bleeding to death financially, but so are many private citizens, who are unable to pay for their power. A shocking situation in one of the world’s most technically advanced nations.

According to the German flagship news magazine, citing the federal Bundesnetzagentur (German Network Agency), more than 350,000 households saw their power get switched off in 2014. Spiegel blames the “Energiewende” (transition to renewable energy), writing in its sub-title:

The social problems of the Energiewende are growing: Last year more households than ever saw their power get switched off. The reason is the rising price of electricity.”

Spiegel also provides the figures for the previous years, and they too are horrific. In 2013 close 345,000 households lost their power, and in 2012 it was about 320,000. Over the past three years it all totals to be a whopping 1.025 million households!

In a country of 82 million, the figures are socially explosive.




Read the full story here.

  1. Joe Public permalink
    November 17, 2015 11:14 am

    The second part of the double-whammy, is the fact that so much brown coal is burnt in German power stations to meet the needs of those who can afford to buy the product.

    You’ve reported many times about the irony, which even the BBC cannot whitewash.

  2. Bloke down the pub permalink
    November 17, 2015 1:18 pm

    Meanwhile there’s this claim.

  3. MikeH permalink
    November 17, 2015 1:29 pm

    The report states that over 1m homes have been disconnected in the past few years. However it does not state for how long. It seems likely that some – or even most – will have been reconnected at some point, probably when debts have been cleared.
    It would shed more light if we knew how many households are permanently without power.

  4. November 17, 2015 1:32 pm

    Reblogged this on Petrossa's Blog and commented:
    I’m following Germany since the ill conceived decision to go for ‘renewables’ (in other word perpetuum mobile) and have by now a vast collection of public newspapers links to show how it failed. And going even worse than failure. Another few years and reality will catch up

  5. November 17, 2015 4:21 pm

    Help for Germany may be at hand. Norfolk County Council, having lost to the NIMBYS in Kings Lynn over waste incineration are now going to export it to Germany for incineration, so Norfolk council taxpayers will be helping to keep the cost of German electricity down while increasing the cost to meet from the Council income!

    • Joe Public permalink
      November 17, 2015 6:12 pm

      From 31st Mar 2014:

      “A £500m waste incinerator for Norfolk is set to be scrapped months after it was warned pulling out of the project could “bankrupt” a council.
      Norfolk County Council’s plan for The Willows incinerator at King’s Lynn was first given permission in 2012.
      But it faced widespread opposition from MPs, local councils and residents.
      The council narrowly voted in October to continue with the project after a report warned of financial penalties that would be triggered by pulling out.
      Councillors will be recommended next week to terminate the contract at a cost of £30m.” (My bold)

  6. November 17, 2015 5:04 pm

    Sad news, Paul, but they have to be published.
    This suicidal ant-CO2 cult is causing energy-poverty (that is, poverty) and lost opportunities for development and wealth increase.
    Meanwhile, the global temperature “pause” of 18 year is probably about to be broken by the extra sunlight admitted by the ongoing El Niño, not by increased atmospheric CO2.

  7. roger permalink
    November 17, 2015 5:08 pm

    The CO2 emissions in the Netherlands are rising faster than the economic growth – in the third quarter emissions increased 6.8 percent compared to the same quarter last year. The economy grew with only 1.9 percent. This is according to figures released by Statistics Netherlands on Friday. This is the third consecutive quarter that emissions rose faster than the economy. According to the statistics office, the increase in emissions can be attributed to the higher electricity production and more traffic, among other things. In the third quarter energy companies, water companies and waste management companies produced 17 percent more CO2 than in the same period last year. These companies account for about 35 percent of the total emissions. This increase can largely be attributed to energy companies producing electricity – electricity export showed a sharp increase and more coal was used instead of natural gas in the production process. The transport sector also emitted more CO2 in the third quarter, an increase of 4 percent compared to the same quarter last year. This is partly due to additional traffic movements associated with the growth of trade flows. The transport sector accounts for 18 percent of the total emissions – See more at:

    So we import electricity made from coal through the Dutch connector whilst closing down our own coal generators!

  8. nightspore permalink
    November 17, 2015 7:12 pm

    Anyone who believes that there is some kind of malevolent super-rationality behind all this is going to find it harder and harder to maintain that line as time goes on.

  9. catweazle666 permalink
    November 17, 2015 10:53 pm

    What’s the betting that the multiculturally enriching bogus asylum seekers get their electricity bills paid by the government?

    Any takers?

  10. November 18, 2015 3:03 am

    UK Context : just 192 or 1.62 million… depending on how you measure it
    It’s 192 direct.
    but what we do is move poor customers onto pre-payment meters..
    and Citizens Advice run with this headline “1.62 million .. Cuts off each year”
    “One in every six prepayment meter customers has cut off their energy supply because of high costs, difficulty topping up or faulty meters, finds Citizens Advice.”
    Yep it is scaremongering cos time period can be short “Disconnections can be as little as an hour to as long as several months.”
    ..and as pointed out above .., doesn’t say if it’s the same people multiple times.

  11. November 18, 2015 3:32 am

    Paul, Brandon S posts about Steve Goddard being too gung ho and throwing accusations around, unfortunately he HALF screws it up by being too gung ho himself.
    It’s simplest to scroll to the bottom where in a comment I summarise it all.

    • catweazle666 permalink
      November 18, 2015 6:33 pm

      Brandon S has written a pricelessly outrageous critique of Steyn’s excellent expose of Hokey Schtick Mann – “A Disgrace to the Profession” on Amazon, clearly having not read it.

      The man is a joke – in poor taste to boot.

  12. rwoollaston permalink
    November 19, 2015 4:32 pm

    As a subsidiary but important point, and one that needs to be borne in mind when quoting this article, is that just because 345000 or so households have been cut off each year for 3 years does not mean that over 1 million households have been cut off. It is likely that a significant percentage ofd the same households were cut off more than once, and perhaps three times. It is also possible that some households were cut off more than once in the same year.

    It is more accurate to say that there have been over 1 million occasions on which households have been cut off in the last three years.

    We don’t need to give fodder to those that may be trying to counter this situation.

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