Author: admin | 05.05.2015

In 2015, the average German household power bill fell slightly from 85 euros to 84 euros per month.
While Americans pay on average around 12 cents per kilowatt-hour of electricity, Germans easily pay twice as much. Because the exchange rate has fluctuated so greatly, we opted for a different conversion metric: purchasing power parity. Clearly, the message in this comparison largely depends upon assumptions and the means of conversion. To reach this calculation, the author combines industrial (assumed to be 16 cents) and retail power rates (30 cents) to come up with a composite.
A chart from German utility lobby group BDEW showing the range of industry power prices and their components: For the purpose of this article, we mainly need to understand that the two bars for 2013 and 2014 show a range of prices that different firms pay depending on what levies are added on to their power price. By including industrial power rates as a part of per-capita power expenses, the National Review’s estimate includes power costs that go into products and services but are not paid for in household bills. As in other countries, the poor in Germany may very well consume fewer products and services than the rich, so their burden would also be lower. Battery owners unite in a swarm and offer to the grid authority their power, earning money or free electric power. The first ones (again: Lichtblick) used gas powered motors from Volkswagen to create a CHP service to their owners. This model never really became big, the costs being too high and the technical installation too complex.
With the cheap PV and batteries nowadays swarm energy seems to get a foothold in the power distribution system.
It would also be worth considering the household income of the bottom 10 and 25% of households in each nation. This helps me deal with a common line of attack against an energy transition here in Saskatchewan, Canada.


An additional effect is that because of the high export intensity of the German economy (and despite the various exemptions of German export industries), some significant fraction of the total electricity costs is recovered from foreign purchases of German goods. Energy-intensive: In Germany, firms that consume a lot of energy and face international competition are largely exempt from the surcharge to cover the cost of renewable power.
To see our content at its best we recommend upgrading if you wish to continue using IE or using another browser such as Firefox, Safari or Google Chrome. Energy customers on standard tariffs could be facing average quarterly bills of A?530 in the coming months following a spate of price rises coinciding with the start of winter.
She said: "Those languishing on their provider's standard energy product should take action as quickly as possible. Aside from air-conditioning, which is practically unknown in Germany, Americans and Germans have quite similar creature comforts at home. So in the chart below, we separate out air-conditioning to isolate the biggest difference between the two countries. Our chart is therefore not the final word, but we hope it will improve the discussion outside Germany. This comparison could be interesting, but the article provides no such figure for the United States.
In the US case and in the UK, that would demonstrate the difference the gini coefficient makes to the acceptability of energy transitions to the fuel poor. On the contrary, when an Energiewende demo takes place, it is always citizens wishing to protect their right to make their own energy. Convert at that rate, and Germans only pay around 92 dollars a month for electricity – compared to the US average of 110 dollars. Granted, homes are larger in the US at around 2,400 square feet, whereas the average German home comes in closer to 1,000 square feet. However, if the impact of air-conditioning is removed, German power bills would be among the highest.


For instance, the National Review published an article this month claiming that German energy policy is crushing the poor. Roughly 25 percent of German power consumption is largely exempt from the renewable energy surcharge and other levies (such as the grid fee and other taxes), and such energy-intensive firms actually pay closer to four cents.
Note that the weighted average (red line in the middle) was 10.63 cents, far below the 16 cents estimated by the National Review.
It is therefore unfortunate that the article concludes that “the electricity cost would amount to more than 10 percent of available income. And as in other countries, the poor spend a larger share of their income on necessities – not just electricity, but heating oil and gasoline as well.
Furthermore, if a firm consumes at least 100 GWh per year and power costs make up more than 20 percent of total production costs, it does not even have to pay the full surcharge for the remaining 10 percent of its consumption. However, it's really important to remember to switch again when their current fixed deal ends. But even at the higher exchange rate from 2014, German power bills would still only come in right at around 110 dollars. Furthermore, in a state-by-state comparison (here is a PDF listing average power bills by US state) Germany would come in with the 21st lowest monthly power bills, quite close to the middle. And that is for the median-income household… For the rich, $1,700 per year in electric bills might be a pittance, or at most a nuisance. Otherwise they'll probably be transferred onto their provider's standard price plan which could result in their annual energy costs leaping by more than A?300.
The author finds that the yearly power bill in Germany is 1,700 USD per person (sic); in the chart above, we see that the annual bill per household (here, assumed to consist of three people) would be around 1,200 USD.



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