German climate alarmism and activism website Klimaretter here reports that beginning in January 2016 German power grid prices will go up 4%. The increase was calculated by taking the average of 29 large regional grid operators, the site writes.
In some German regions these costs will rise well into the double-digit range.
For a family of four with a modest annual consumption of 4000 kw-hr, that will mean extra costs of over 13 euros each year. Though that may not sound like much, these costs only represent the grid operating portion of the electricity costs and does not include the other costs such the increasing costs from renewable energy feed-in, conventional power production costs and so on, which are slated to jump once again – in large part due to the inefficient and volatile production of wind and solar power.
Green energy proponents often like to tell the public to stop complaining and to just accept the modest prices increases, mentioning that the costs of power have barely kept up with inflation over the past 20 years, and that power from the 1970s was just as expensive in real terms. But what the greens fail to mention is that the huge costs savings stemming from the massive gains in efficiencies from improved generation technology have not been allowed to be passed on to the consumers.
Many modern products have prices that do not follow inflation at all. One example is computing power. The costs of computing large quantities of data today are a tiny fraction of what they used to cost – thanks to technology leaps. Data crunching that once required room-sized supercomputers 30 years ago costing millions today can be done with a handheld device costing only a few hundred dollars. See the following chart:
Though by no means that extreme, the cost of electricity generation also could have had a similar price development, thanks to technology, had it been allowed. Without all the taxes, surcharges and feed-in act tariffs, electric power today should in fact be only a fraction of the cost that it was 30 years ago, and poor families today would be much better off, and would not see their power being switched off because for them it has become an unaffordable luxury. Read here and here.
The reality today is that poor households are being massively and needlessly burdened.