Skip to comments.Germany: Hundreds of thousands have no electricity ( Can't afford it.)
Posted on 02/23/2012 2:20:11 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
Of the 58 companies the organisation surveyed, three-quarters reported that customers were having problems paying their bills, according to the organisation.
Price increases of around 15 percent for electricity and gas in the past two years have meant that energy for many households is becoming an unaffordable commodity, said Consumer Centre head Klaus Müller.
Müller estimated that roughly 120,000 households in North Rhine-Westphalia and 600,000 nationwide are today without power because of bill non-payment.
Under German law, power companies have to take a series of legal steps before cutting off someones power, including warning them multiple times. There are also protections making it harder to cut off power to vulnerable people, such as the disabled. But simply being unable or unwilling to pay bills is not a valid excuse.
Isn’t this the country that’s supposed to bail out Greece? Sometimes it not good to be German.
What happened to their alternative energy?
What are their electricity rates like?
In the US, I think it’s about 12 cents per kilowatt-hour.
I’m sure it doesn’t have anything to do with subsidized green energy that failed, or that they decided to dump nuclear after Japan. Just can’t wait till Europe gets here.
And are heading higher.
In the East the EPA is busy shutting down Coal powered power plants.
Der elektrostromfahrtenstinengetmaker ist zu feuer fur die meisten Krauteneatenfarters.
La, cost is $.204 per hour.
Coming to a city or town near you soon.
Germany is the engine of Europe.....and they are close to some very serious cold winter conditions ....
Viele Danke for the post
What the story does not go into what caused those rate increases. It does go into slow nat gas deliveries from Russia’s GasProm but that’s it. Sounds like 15% per year increase for the past 2 years .Wonder if it was some form of “Cap N Trade” EPA penaltiy which is what is causing out power proces to go up and up.
Why doesn’t say Al Gore give them a few million to provide for them to be able to turn on a light during those cold dark winter nights.
Wikipedia (yes, I know the warnings) lists it at 36.48 US cents per kilowatt-hour.
They must have foot pedals on their Intel computers....
Only 15%? What are they whining about? Rates in Hawaii have increased 34% in the past 12 months and are posed to go even higher.
A young German fraulein I know, very bright, top of her class, etc, was ranting about nuclear power in the US and how virtuous Germany is in getting rid of it. But what does that mean to someone who can no longer afford it?
On the other hand, she was very upset that her income from summer and part-time is still considered “household income” because her mother is on the German equivalent of welfare.
It provided a teachable moment about how socialism sounds like a really cool idea until it happens to YOU!
The Germans could probably employ more people at higher wages if they would build arms, increase the size of their military and prepare for war.
Where are they located within Germany? East Germany is still catching up after being occupied by the Soviet Union, no?
“Isnt this the country thats supposed to bail out Greece? Sometimes it not good to be German.”
I think that it’s more along the lines of “It’s no longer any good to be German if you want to be a deadbeat. Work and pay your bills or you suffer the consequences.” And that sounds like a pretty good idea to me.
I can’t afford to run the a/c in South Florida UGH.
Been a warm winter so far. 83 inside now.
Green Power costs.
One wonders how many are Muslim immigrants, or does Germany provide the immigrant trough feeders with free power?
Yet they funnel more money to Muslim immigrants having more and more kids on the taxpayers’ welfare dole.
Don’t know where they are located.
We have friends in Dusseldorf, which is in NRW. I'm sure Jurgen is blazing mad about all the energy stupidity going on in Germany. Shutting down nukes in favor of wind and solar with huge subsidies is insane. They'll end up buying really expensive (nuclear) power from the French, instead of generating their own nuclear power much more economically.
Koln and Bonn, the old capital before reunification, are also in NRW.
The US has “Colonias” in the border states and in areas that are not incoporated. Too bad we no longer have a media to report such things:
The colonias have the largest concentration of people living without basic services in the United States.
You know, I didn’t know about this, but as soon as I read your post and thought about it for two seconds, I pretty well knew what was going to be at the link.