According to a newly published Spiegel article here, it appears the German government is active in covering up the country’s embarrassing “energy poverty” statistics.
Few countries in the world have moved as boldly and aggressively to green up the energy supply system like Germany has. Currently the country has enough installed wind and solar capacity to power the entire country on a windy and sunny day.
However, that has all come at a excruciatingly painful high price, especially for the most economically vulnerable. Since the year 2000 German electricity prices have skyrocketed, becoming among the world’s highest, its power grid has become much more unstable, and conventional power plants still need to constantly remain on stand-by.
Moreover, the electricity production has become far less efficient and Germany has not been able to cut it’s CO2 emissions in 9 years.
Rich getting richer at the expense of everyone else
And while affluent property owners have made money hand-over-fist by leasing their land to wind park and solar plant operators, low income earners have seen their electric bills soar, and many have seen their power shut-off because they’ve been unable to afford their increasingly hefty electric bills.
Hundreds of thousands losing electricity
Over the recent years, social-justice-preaching Germany has seen hundreds of thousands of households lose power, and the Energiewende (transition the green energies) has turned into a humiliation.
Now apparently German officials are moving to keep this embarrassing fact covered up.
The Spiegel article bears the title: “Germany rejects measurements on energy poverty” and adds that “hundreds of thousands of German households are seeing their electricity and gas shut off.”
German government withholding embarrassing data
According to Spiegel, energy poverty is not only a German problem, but also one that is Europe-wide and as a result Brussels wants to take action to curb the trend. So EU bureaucrats now intend to obligate all member states to provide more data on “energy poverty”, but Spiegel reports the German government refuses to cooperate.
According to Spiegel, in Germany alone: “Year after year, more than 300,000 households see their power go off for a time and 60,000 see the gas get switched off.” And no power often means no Internet, heating, cooking or lights. Europe-wide, the figures are far higher.
Citing a “confidential diplomatic correspondence”, Spiegel reports that Germany is “against any wording which could be understood as obligation”.
German government officials refuse the EU request because they claim the term “energy poverty” first needs to be defined, and the German Ministry of Economics refused to comment when asked by Spiegel.