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Electricity bills to increase by €60 a year

The Local · 15 Oct 2012, 11:53

Published: 15 Oct 2012 11:53 GMT+02:00

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Germany's electrical grid operators Monday said they were increasing the charge on consumers which finances subsidies for renewable energy, by 47 percent.

Consumers will be asked to pay 5.277 cents per kilowatt hour of electricity consumed in 2013, the firms announced, compared to a 3.592-cent surcharge this year.

For an average three-person house, this 47-percent increase amounts to an additional €60 per year to around €185 in add-on power taxes. A family of four that consumes 4,500 kWh a year can expect to pay around €90 more.

In total, the network operators hope to collect more than €20 billion to finance renewables.

On Thursday, German Environment Minister Peter Altmaier said that Europe's top economy wanted to have 40 percent of its energy needs from renewable sources by 2020, up from a previous target of 35 percent.

Germany decided in the immediate wake of Japan's 2011 Fukushima nuclear plant disaster to shut down its nuclear reactors by 2022 and ramp up the use of renewable energy.

Chancellor Angela Merkel has made the Energiewende, the term used to describe both the end of nuclear power and the promotion of renewable energy sources, one of her government's priorities.

But the policy has run into difficulties, notably due to technical and financing problems as well because of local resistance to building new power lines.

But part of the reason for the increase is the success of the energy transfer. German solar energy has experienced a boom, with more and more Germans attaching photovoltaic panels to their roofs. Wind energy parks have also been expanded rapidly.

But this means that the companies involved are entitled to a guaranteed payment for the electricity they produce for the next 20 years. The difference from the market value is to be passed onto the consumer via the EEG reallocation charge.

Economy Minister Philipp Rösler warned on Monday that the energy transition could also cause widespread energy shortages this winter.

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"We already had a strained situation last winter," he told the Passauer Neue Presse. "That is likely to happen again this winter and next winter."

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13:29 October 15, 2012 by Berlin fuer alles
And on goes the downward spiral whilst the top 1% gain more and more control of assets and capital. Every day chipping away at the nest eggs the middle and working classes have put away and making life impossible for those who have not tried to provide for their old-age.
14:12 October 15, 2012 by auslanderus
We have to start paying 18€ per month for having a computer and now the power companies want more monies. What happen to all of us being over charged already for power? When does this all end? I am not making more monies but I ask to give more each month. When the money well is dry, what am I suppose to do?
14:25 October 15, 2012 by Berlin fuer alles
Totally agree with you auslanderus. Other countries are having this increase in the cost of living under the guise of 'Austerity'. In Germany because the German government managed to pass of most of the German bank problem to foreign banks and other EU countries Germany is instead imposing austerity in an underhand way to it's own citizens. TV tax, costs of everything going up with wages going down fast in real terms. Constantly chipping and chipping away at our lives whilst making greater profits available for the top Elites who really run the country/EU and Eurozone. It is no wonder the UK is thinking of having a referendum on staying in the EU. Not that the UK government are angels either.
15:58 October 15, 2012 by herr_james
oh, stop whining.

€60 per year is nothing, especially given the extra administration costs involved in changing toward renewable sources.

over a few years in australia, power prices went up approx. €60 per month -with no reason given other than market forces.

we are talking €5 per month- €1.25 per week! to even compare it to austerity measures in other countries where incomes have halved, and homes have been lost is pretty poor taste.
16:42 October 15, 2012 by Berlin fuer alles
herr james Nobody said the €60 per month alone is austerity. But taken as part of the whole picture it is part of the chipping away process at the standard of living and wealth the middle and working classes have. I don't know what happens in Australia and don't really care as that is another story and not relevant to what we are talking about here.
19:25 October 15, 2012 by Wise Up!
LOL!! This is just beginning! Wait until you shut down your nuclear plants! This is what happens when you put politics ahead of science. The more you believe in global warming, the more its gonna hit you in the wallet. Keep building your solar panels and windmills while everyone one else increases nuclear energy.
20:27 October 15, 2012 by Englishted
Does anybody know where i can by a sticker for my car that says

"Nuclear Power Ja bitte"
23:39 October 15, 2012 by Steve1949
@ herr_james......This is just the beginning or do you think this is a one and done increase.

@ Englishted..........Have them printed or print them yourself. Not that hard to do.

I think the older Germans, you know, the poor to lower middle class are going to increasingly find it hard to survive in Germany after retirement. Between raising prices and taxes, Germany is at the head of the list, an opportunistic government to say the least. Maybe while they are at it they can raise the vat tax, increase the TV tax, add more fuel tax and let's not forget the dog tax. What happened to that article I read here a few months ago about Germany saving more money than ever?
11:51 October 16, 2012 by herr_james
oh dear. yes, of course, you're right. an increase of €60 per year is the beginning of the end.

@BFA "Germany is instead imposing austerity in an underhand way to it's own citizens." stop trying to wriggle out of it. you're essentially claiming this is a form of austerity. it's not remotely similar.

interesting to note that mentioning australia is irrelevant, but every second german govt decision is compared to america or uk here. parochial much? my point was a much stronger economy, making less attempts to switch to renewable power sources is still hiking up prices. foolishly, i thought you might gain some perspective by looking a little further than your backyard.

but your short-sightedness is topped by @Wise Up! do you honestly think saving a few dollars is worth filling the world with radioactive waste that will last hundreds of thousands of years?

perhaps ask the japanese what they put first: science or politics? i think you'll find most don't care, they just don't want cancer or deformed children. but then again, that's just japan. waaay over there...

i believe nuclear fuel wasn't introduced for free, either. regardless, it's fortunate most germans would rather pay a few dollars to allow future genrations some sort of world.

overall, i notice a tendency on this site to complain about hard decisions needing to be made, but then also whinging when the required action follows through.

you sound more like australians than you realise...
14:55 October 19, 2012 by smilingjack
we have to pay at least 28kr per kwh in australia. more in remote regions and at least an additional 20kr per day just to have the electricity connected. with at least a 20% per year increase. the electricity providers are now looking at charging a peak rate for between 5am and 10am and 3pm until 8pm of around 56kr per kwh.

solar is 60kr per watt most places in the world. australia where our dodgy government props up even dodgier generators we have to pay 250kr per watt plus. thats our government blocking the panels coming into australia.

our insurance and water costs are about the same - 4 to 10 times the cost of the rest of the world. also going up at least 20% per year.

how about upwards of 240 euros - 2100kr for 1kph over the speed limit with speed cameras hidden everywhere - and I mean everywhere. the government even hires private contractors to scam motorists.

you want to feel pain. come to australia and get burnt on everything.

new skyfall movie opens in sweden next week. australia one year later.

not looking forward to heading home to our non existant public transport. goat track roads and collapsing economy.
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