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Household electric bills 'billions too much'

The Local · 25 Aug 2012, 13:41

Published: 25 Aug 2012 13:41 GMT+02:00

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Sinking prices at the electricity exchange in Leipzig, where prices are arranged, are passed on to industrial customers but not to households, said Gunnar Harms, an energy expert, in a report commissioned for the Green Party.

Deputy leader of the Green parliamentary party Bärbel Höhn told the Tagesspiegel newspaper this was evidence that the government was pushing through the change in energy generation from nuclear and coal to more renewable sources, "at the expense of consumers."

And prices are only set to increase this autumn, according to Environment Minister Peter Altmaier, the paper said. Altmaier has warned that the additional burden due to a fixed price being set for 20 years in order to pay for the change to renewable energy, would rise by around five percent next year.

Currently domestic and commercial customers pay a 2.6 cent per kilowatt hour contribution for renewable energy. A further 3.2 cent is levied in taxes.

Industrial customers pay around 10 cent per kilowatt-hour, while domestic customers pay more than 26 cents, said Harms.

A major factor in the difference is that companies with high consumption have been let off a large part, and in some cases, all the renewables subsidy.

An average household which uses 3,500kilowatt hours a year pays €125 a year for renewables, of which €31 is due to the exclusion of industrial customers from paying a share, he said.

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Your comments about this article

20:45 August 25, 2012 by Bigfoot76
With the high price of Electricity and solar/wind energy systems becoming easier to obtain, soon the Energy companies will find themselves out of business. A much deserved consequence.
23:07 August 26, 2012 by coffmap8
If I am not in the room lights are not on. i am not here for 4 months out of the year and every year my bills go up! It is a total rip off for the normal consumer
22:07 August 28, 2012 by Lisa Rusbridge
Do people ever "go off the grid" in Germany? I know quite a few in this country (usa) who have chosen to make the large initial investment in order to have a more self-sustaining, homesteading lifestyle. They have water wells dug 350 feet deep (106 meters) to tap into underground rivers, have gas will drilled, install windmills on their property, install solar panels on their houses. It's not a poor man's venture, but if you have the means I highly recommend it.

With electricity you can then sell it back to the power company.

Don't let the corporations rip you off. It's a lose-lose proposition for the consumer.
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