For the first time in 12 years, added charges for expanding renewable energies will drop slightly in the coming year, but consumers hardly have reason to celebrate. According to the German Federal Statistical Office, private German households now pay 92 percent more for energy than in 2000. Industry and businesses pay over 75 percent more.
Why? About three quarters of the price of electricity is made up of fixed levies, charges or taxes to develop renewable energies, secure connections to offshore wind power, or hook on to the power grid. Customers cannot escape these charges by switching to cheaper energy providers.
So the question is why consumers barely profit from sinking purchase prices. Although many suppliers pass the costs on to their customers, the scope for competition is limited. Procuring and distributing energy make up barely 25 percent of the price.