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Greens: Consumers paying €1 billion too much for power

DDP/DPA/The Local · 3 Aug 2010, 11:39

Published: 03 Aug 2010 11:39 GMT+02:00

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The party’s deputy leader in the Bundestag, Bärbel Höhn, told public broadcaster Deutschlandfunk on Tuesday that energy companies were failing to pass along lower costs for power to their customers and that recent price hikes were unjustified.

Noting that prices on the European Energy Exchange in Leipzig had fallen around 40 percent in the past two years, Höhn said consumers should have lower power bills and utilities could not blame renewable energy for the higher costs.

She called for curbs on the market influence of the biggest energy firms to avoid unjustified hikes in electricity prices in the future.

Ingrid Nestle, the Greens’ spokeswoman for energy issues in parliament, said power giant RWE was misusing renewable energy as an argument for milking customers.

“But in fact the price hikes only make electricity production at nuclear power plants more lucrative,” she told business daily Handelsblatt.

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She said this focus on nuclear power was in turn was blocking the expansion of renewable energy, estimating RWE would glean an extra €100 million from its latest price increase starting in August.

The company said it would raise power bills for some two million households by 7.3 percent because of higher electricity costs partly related to supporting the development of renewable energy sources.

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12:47 August 3, 2010 by auniquecorn
Is this supposed to be new?
12:55 August 3, 2010 by Clapoti
So can we do something... why are we paying more than we are suppose to ? They put it out there, but will the government do something ?
15:25 August 3, 2010 by cklb
just change to greenpeace energy: similar price, but at least you get "green energy" to a fair price...
15:35 August 3, 2010 by frankiep

Higher costs for energy = more incentive to conserve energy.

If the costs were lower than a lot of people wouldn't think very much about wasting energy (leaving lights on, leaving computers running, not unplugging appliances, etc.). Utility companies are, in essence, charging a price that actually encourages people to conserve energy and now the Greens are complaining about it. Unbelievable.

I guess its either a case of people not being happy unless they are complaining.....or the Greens caring more about governmental control over the market than about energy conservation and the environment as they claim.
16:09 August 3, 2010 by Clapoti
I would still conserve energy even if I was paying less... they are complaining about an injustice here where consumers are paying too much for what they get, you're the unbelievable one frankiep...

I wouldn't mind paying what I'm paying if it was worth it, but it's obviously not, so tell me why those big companies should get my money and not me ?
16:23 August 3, 2010 by frankiep
If you feel that you are paying too much for your energy then there is a simple solution. Use less. It's not rocket science. You say that what you are receiving is "obviously" not worth what you are paying, yet you still continue to pay it. Doesn't the fact that people are willing to pay tell you something. The only way that something can be overpriced is if there is a surplus of something that is being sold for a price that people are not willing to spend. In this case we are talking about energy, something which I think most everyone can agree we do NOT have a surplus of.

Bottom line. Expect energy prices to continue to rise until we reach a day when renewable energy is more efficient and widely available. But rest assured, that day is coming.
16:40 August 3, 2010 by gryphonberlin
i don't think anyone goes around thinking ...hmmmm...cheap electricity - lets turn everything on!! we all like to have our money for other things...some of us for example like to eat at least once a day.

RWE and it's shareholders will make an offensive amount of extra money tho - 100 milllion from the price increase that hasn't even started yet...from august! how much profit are they making already??

this makes me think that frankiep has a few shares in RWE ...no??

he seems to be the only one happy for us all to pay over the odds for something that has actually fallen in value.
20:00 August 3, 2010 by frankiep
You sure do seem to be able to tell a lot about someone based on a few lines on a discussion board. Bravo.

By the way, I never said I was happy about any of this. All I did was tell it the way it is. I have simply stated facts.

Fact: the demand for energy throughout the entire world continues to grow.

Fact: the vast majority of energy we consume comes from finite (non-renewable) sources.

Fact: as the demand continues to grow (it will) and current sources become scarcer (they will) prices will continue to go up as long as people are willing to pay. This is the way every single enterprise in the world has always (rightfully) operated.

These are not opinions. But if it makes you feel better to attack me then knock yourself out.
11:17 August 4, 2010 by Clapoti
@frankiep, I said before that I was conserving energy and I always try to use as less as possible... but right now I pay a certain amount of money for what I'm using and I should be paying less money. I would still continue to conserve energy so I continue to pay less... anyway your argument doesn't work for me.
11:19 August 4, 2010 by gryphonberlin
attack...nmo...use of irony...maybe..but really -read the aticle!!

do you think the greens made up thier study that says ..in the article that you have also read.. "German consumers will overpay utility companies €1 billion for their electricity this year"......"Noting that prices on the European Energy Exchange in Leipzig had fallen around 40 percent in the past two years, Höhn said consumers should have lower power bills and utilities could not blame renewable energy for the higher costs."

we are bieng ripped of. no irony...no attack... just pure logic.
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