Half A Million German Families Sit In Dark Due To High Energy Prices

This is the result of pushing “green” energy when it is not ready for prime-time

(GWPF, translated from Die Walt) Many households in Germany are no longer able to pay their electricity bills. As a result, around half a million households are sitting in the dark.

The sharp price increases for electricity and gas is leading to serious payment problems for more and more consumers – even to dark apartments. Because of unpaid bills an estimated 600,000 households in Germany had their power cut off in 2010, said the consumer watch dog Verbraucherzentrale Nordrhein-Westfalen which is based in Düsseldorf. This estimate is based on a survey of local energy providers in Germany’s most populous state.

“Price increases of around 15 percent for electricity and gas in the past two years have made energy for many households unaffordable”, said CEO Klaus Mueller. The increasing fuel poverty is alarming. What is more, ever tighter household budgets and regularly lacking competence in keeping personal finances in check are turning claims arising from unpaid energy bills quickly into an insurmountable cost trap.

Three-quarters of the 58 companies that responded to questions from the NRW consumer group reported growing problems related to energy debt and power outages. In 2010, the surveyed utilities in North Rhine-Westphalia alone sent out three million reminders for unpaid electricity bill. They issued 340,000 blocking threats and cut off power to 62,000 customers.

According to extrapolations by consumer protection groups, power has been cut off to about 120,000 households in NRW alone and to about 600,000 households nationwide. The estimates of the energy companies are consistent with the experience of the consumer advocates. A spokeswoman from the NRW consumer watch dog added that their consumer advice increasingly focuses on the question of how to comply with payment obligations towards energy suppliers.

What could be driving up power costs? Well, many factors, including the simple cost of living, and, with the world wide economy still in the crapper, this leads to less disposable income. But, Germany had been one of the best position, due to their recession policies putting Germany on a better path than most of Europe, the US, and the rest of the 1st world nations. However, Germany, like so many EU nations, had been pushing “green” energy, which is much more expensive though it provides less power, while moving away from traditional power, including nuclear.

In fact, just a few days ago No Tricks Zone highlighted a report that shows that the German model is 1) driving up electricity and energy rates for consumers and 2) making the power supply unreliable, among others. Power companies are also leaving for greener pastures where the power supply is more reliable.

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3 Responses to “Half A Million German Families Sit In Dark Due To High Energy Prices”

  1. Kevin says:

    Here’s a tip I learned from my crackhead cousin. If you own a big enough pair of bolt cutters, you never have to go without electricity.

    He’s in jail now, so maybe it’s not great advice. He has electricity though!

  2. That reminds me if the reporter who touch an electric fence he was reporting on. If you haven’t seen it yet, head to Youtube

  3. Gumball_Brains says:

    Don’t forget.. Germany shut down 7 of its nuclear power generators.

    I wonder if any of this has a parallel to oil production and gas prices in USA?

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