German Household Electricity Prices Reach New Record High In 2021…Share Of Green Electricity Falls!

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By P Gosselin on 11. January 2022

The German Association for Energy and Water Management (BDEW) recently presented the latest 2021 Energy Supply Annual Report as a PowerPoint presentation.

New record high price for electricity

In the presentation, slide no. 55 depicts the average household electricity costs in euro-cents per kilowatt-hour, for a home consuming 3500 kwh annually.

Electricity price [euro-cents] per kwh for average German household. Source: BDEW.

2021 saw a record price for households: 32.16 euro-cents per kilowatt-hour. It was the sixth year in a row with an increase. Electricity in 2021 costs double what it cost 20 years ago. Much of the price increase over the past two decades are the result of the EEG renewable energies feed-in act.

Share of green electricity falls from 46% to 42%!

Slide 36 shows two pie charts comparing the share of electricity coming from renewable energies for 2021 and 2020:

Only 42% of Germany’s electricity was generated by green energies in 2021. Source: BDEW .

Share of green electricity drops in 2021

It was a bad year for electricity generated by renewable energies like wind and sun. The chart above shows that the share of electricity generated by green energies fell from 46% in 2020 to 42% in 2021. Once again the majority of power was generated by the conventional sources of coal, nuclear and other fossil fuels.

2021 was also the first time in 22 years that the total power generation by green energies fell. In 2021, only 238 billion kwh of energy were produced compared to 250 billion kwh in 2020. In 2019, 241 billion kwh were produced.

Unstable power grid

Yet, this is not stopping Germany from moving ahead full speed to shut down a large number of conventional plants in the years ahead in a bid to go green. Experts are increasingly warning that Europe’s power grid is becoming increasingly unstable and that major blackouts are inevitable.

Large blackout in Berlin

Just two days ago, 90,000 households in Berlin went without electricity and heating for some 30 hours. Hot water supply was also interrupted.

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January 13, 2022 2:31 am

This is sad

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Derg
January 13, 2022 3:44 am

I would call it outrageous.

German politicians are doing these things to curb CO2 output based on absolutely no evidence that CO2 outputs need to be curbed. They are taking Michael Mann’s claims of unprecedented warming today as gospel.

Michael Mann’s claims are easily disproved, yet German politicians do not seem to be able to understand the subject and have deferred their judgement to Liars like Michael Mann and Phil Jones. To the detriment of their citizens.

German politicians should start questioning basic assumptions about CO2 and the Earth’s climate. There is NO evidence that CO2 is causing, or will cause, the Earth’s climate to change in ways it otherwise would not do. No evidence, German politicians! So what are you basing your stupid decisions on?

Human-caused Global Warming/Climate Change is the biggest science scam in human history.

Numbskulls in the Delusional West have swallowed it hook, line and sinker. And the people suffer as a result. That’s what happens when fools are running the show.

Reply to  Tom Abbott
January 13, 2022 4:00 am

As I keep saying, the problem is that they have all painted themselves into the corner of saying they believe in CGW and none of them have the courage to admit they were wrong because they think doing so would make them look silly. This state of affairs will remain until a MSM owner bites the bullet and tells his employees to start reporting the facts.

Don’t hold your breath.

Reply to  Oldseadog
January 13, 2022 4:10 am

Politicians have a get out of jail free card, they’ll just blame it on “following the science”.

The majority of voters don’t realise the so-called science is based on unvalidated, flawed models

Rich Davis
Reply to  Redge
January 14, 2022 4:37 am

If that is really their Get out of Jail Free card, then why do you suppose nobody chooses to play it? With the prospect of being the first mover who clears the field, why is there no credible politician in all of Europe willing to risk it?

My answers to these questions would be that first of all, the card cannot be played until the mob wants the politician in jail. In other words the Green religion still reigns supreme and no heretic dares breathe a word of doubt. Also, the false cult of Climastrology exists to convince ordinary modern day peasants to sacrifice and accept poverty for the sake of salvation so that elites can continue to profit handsomely at their expense. All those Umlagen or add-on fees in the cost breakdown flow ultimately to politically-connected financial interests.

Reply to  Tom Abbott
January 13, 2022 1:01 pm

Everything you said is true but what about the scientists in Germany? Germany is home to some very bright people, where are they? Are they cowards or liars? Even a middle school graduate can look at the charts presented here and realize what Germany is doing isn’t working.

Robert Hanson
Reply to  Bob
January 13, 2022 2:08 pm

Germany is home to some very bright people, where are they?”

This was equally true during the Nazi era. People then kept quiet to avoid having their entire family sent to the death camps. We are not yet that far gone, right now if you speak up, all you lose is your job, your friends, and possibly the support of your relatives. The carrot and the stick are the pay offs for towing the Party line, and cancel culture penalties if you don’t.

Reply to  Robert Hanson
January 15, 2022 3:46 pm

Since when the poor Smart Germans and their Families were faced with being sent to the death camps?

Vincent Causey
Reply to  Bob
January 14, 2022 12:13 am

It is difficult for a scientist to see the truth when his salary depends on him not seeing it, said somebody.

Rich Davis
Reply to  Bob
January 14, 2022 5:28 am

Abstract thinkers are capable of being utterly convinced that the theory is correct, therefore the facts are suspect.

Also, there’s the minor point that reasonably well-compensated and socially-respected positions are not being handed out like participation trophies. Step out of line and no doubt you can be replaced. Self interest, or if you prefer, cowardice.

Reply to  Rich Davis
January 15, 2022 11:22 am

Abstract thinkers are capable of being utterly convinced that the theory is correct, therefore the facts are suspect.”

I’d never heard that before. Thank you. I shall be using it.

Vincent Causey
Reply to  Tom Abbott
January 14, 2022 12:13 am

Don’t worry. They’ve abandoned Michael Mann for Greta Thunberg.

Rich Davis
Reply to  Vincent Causey
January 14, 2022 5:33 am

From unfalsifiable to certifiable.

Reply to  Derg
January 13, 2022 4:45 am

What’s sad is that Brandon and most other politicians are right there with the European leaders wanting to force RE on everyone and their brother. It’s basically like Communism. Everyone before this just did it wrong, so it’ll work this time.

Reply to  Spetzer86
January 13, 2022 6:59 pm

wait till you have a police state like Western Australia
you must have the WA app to enter anywhere from 1st February
that app requires you to check in and it will allow the government to track you
it holds all your personal data
Passport number
Drivers Licence
Medical Card
Vaccination Status
And the local dictator says it is going to stay

so it is now COVID, Control and AGW plus what ever they please

and they can do all this without any comeback because they have the rights under a no challenge public health act

Rich Davis
Reply to  Spetzer86
January 14, 2022 5:41 am

Brandon and the Demonrats are right there with their snouts in the trough just like the EUSSR politicians.

Reply to  Rich Davis
January 14, 2022 7:32 am

Find out what Hunter is up to, and you’ll also find “the big guy” right behind.

Robert Hanson
Reply to  BobM
January 15, 2022 10:16 am

Looking to make sure he gets his 10% cut.

Reply to  Derg
January 13, 2022 8:09 am

This is sad
No it is not, it is very good, it may make sensible Germans see the ‘light’ or should I say darker side of the CACA-verde.

Vincent Causey
Reply to  Vuk
January 14, 2022 12:14 am

I fear not. Germans are so conformist they will follow authority to their doom.

Rich Davis
Reply to  Vuk
January 14, 2022 5:37 am


Sometimes happens to me when I eat spicy food
Similar to brown water and blue flame.

Reply to  Derg
January 13, 2022 9:09 am

Sad, yes, outrageous, yes.

And disgusting that there are still people like griff, duane, oily bob, and a crapload of other selfish or greedy people defending it in there own special sleazy ways.

Rich Davis
Reply to  DonM
January 14, 2022 5:50 am

Big oily boob may have financial interests and griff is obviously paid to be obtuse, right?

But I’ll wager most of them are just virtue signaling to their tribe.

carrying signs
Mostly say, “Hooray for our side”

Coach Springer
Reply to  Derg
January 13, 2022 9:34 am

Well, consequences are a necessary part of life.

Reply to  Derg
January 13, 2022 6:53 pm

this is rightfully deserved by the politicians
I feel sad for the poor public who are been dragged into this black hole of darkness and cold

January 13, 2022 2:49 am

“Experts are increasingly warning that Europe’s power grid is becoming increasingly unstable and that major blackouts are inevitable.”.

Who is actually listening. And for that matter, how many ordinary citizens even get to hear it.

Leo Smith
Reply to  Mike Jonas
January 13, 2022 3:18 am

how many ordinary citizens even get to hear it.

That depends on where you blog.

I spend a lot of time elsewher under various different identities repeating the same message over and over. Renewables are expensive and not fit for purpose, nuclear is fit for purpose. But bit bit the message is getting through in some of the tabloids and the mainstream media.

The public is aware that there are severe problems with energy. The greatest danger is that the ‘so we need MORE renewables’ idiocracy will get control.

Write to politicians on paper in big envelopes. Blog elsewhere than here – this is all preaching to the converted.,

One has to tirelessly combat the false news of the renewable blob. TBH it doesnt matter about climate change really – it’s not by itself a really important issue. You know its wrong, I know its wrong but most people believe its true. Fight the battles you can win. “Renewable energy is a greater danger to humanity than climate change”. That’s the mantra.

Signs are that when even the EU is hastily amended its dictionary definitions to include nuclear and gas as ‘renewable’ the sea change has already happened. COP26 may actually have succeeded in marking the end of virtue signalling green profits as Greta hit the nail on the head ‘why arent you doing something?’ Oh dear. Because nothing needs to be done Greta. Not to save the planet, but we are facing signs of peak fossil as prices start to escalate… the second mantra is:

“Nuclear power isn’t an alternative to fossil…
…its the only alternative to fossil”

If you are concerned about the future of humanity and civilization, instead of concerned with being proved right – and yes, that’s something some people here care more about, naming no names – then it doesn’t matter why people end up adopting nuclear energy if it’s the correct way forward.

General de Gaulle didn’t build a nuclear France because he was in love with the technology, or a foirward looking analyst of the energy futires.. but because he was a racist, xenophobic fascist who simply loathed the idea of being dependent on a bunch of rag heads from Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Libya and the Emirates..

(apologies for the brutal language – stepping into Mon Generale’s mental shoes there)

Nevertheless its really standing France in good stead now.

If we end up going nuclear to ‘save the planet’ well at least we will have a stable energy source for the next few thousand years.

Joseph Zorzin
Reply to  Leo Smith
January 13, 2022 3:30 am

“Blog elsewhere than here – this is all preaching to the converted.”

But… maybe many who never comment here are reading this site. Doesn’t this site claim to be the most read climate web site? As of this morning, I see in the upper right, “457,332,338 hits”.

Reply to  Leo Smith
January 13, 2022 5:47 am

You need to travel more, get out of blogger-land – it is driving you nuts!

De Gaulle, who defeated the fascist invasion and collaboration, while stationed in London, knew intimately London’s objective. So he made sure France had a Force de Frappe, you know, nukes, and dumped NATO.
We see again, now, even with Macron, France asserting rationality – NATO is actually brain dead.
De Gaulle : Vive La France, mais la France libre!
Now : Vive L’Atom, mais L’Atom vert!

And by the way the rubbish about peak oil is crude. Look up reserves, have a look at Iran, who nationalized their massive reserves from APOC. London is still reeling…
Just glance at these maps :
Checkmate: Iran is spearheading a geopolitical sea change in West Asia

Reply to  bonbon
January 13, 2022 10:04 am

Ha! Laughable. Nothing but Marxist tripe, bonobo.

DeGaulle didn’t defeat the fascists while he was in London. DeGaulle was a junior minister in a collapsing government and a junior general in an army that CEASED to EXIST. DeGaulle spent his time in London begging the Brits for help and broadcasting speeches to the resistance imploring them to fight on. The Brits (later with American help) are to be credited with defeating the fascists, not DeGaulle. That’s clear.

DeGaulle only partially withdrew from NATO in a failed attempt to break Europe away from the American and British control of NATO. The only thing he accomplished is allowing France to develop and control its own nuclear weapons. Then he tried to persuade the rest of Europe to follow France’s lead. He failed totally – he couldn’t get a single country to sign up. Sarkozy put a final end to DeGaulle’s failed attempt to separate Europe from NATO in 2009. We all understand that you Marxists hate NATO – too bad. Telling lies won’t change a thing.

Reply to  bonbon
January 13, 2022 10:20 am

“We see again, now, even with Macron, France asserting rationality –”

So far the most cretinous statement you have ever come out with, in your competition to make the most cretinous contributions here.
btw I am in France now..

What planet are you on?

Reply to  pigs_in_space
January 13, 2022 2:23 pm

One where France is always glorious and government is always perfect.

Reply to  MarkW
January 15, 2022 5:50 am

So… in a galaxy far, far away?

Reply to  H.R.
January 15, 2022 2:23 pm

Nah. The French have always lived in an alternate reality where clothes and food are king.

But I do bow to their wisdom of going all out on nuclear. I don’t know how that happened in their make-believe world.

Reply to  bonbon
January 13, 2022 2:22 pm

deGaul defeated nobody.
He followed on the heels of the British, American, Canadian, etc troops who did the heavy work while he took all the glory.

Reply to  bonbon
January 14, 2022 7:25 am

With or without the gaullist french Resistance, the US/Can/Brits troops (there were almost none french troops) would have succeeded in the Normandy’s Landing and driven the Nazis out of France. And the second Landing in Provence one month later was mainly succeeded by US and french troops, these last ones being those which had been carefully prepared and trained by the Vichy’s government with mainly northern Africa’s french and native soldiers and french officers in Northern Africa, hidden from the german spies (1st French Army / Gen. De Lattre de Tassigny).
De Gaulle depicted as the Liberator of France is nothing but a fable.

Reply to  bonbon
January 14, 2022 8:18 am

De Gaulle’s Armored Division was decisively defeated during the German invasion in 1940, with a few minor successes. The British Army was also defeated, but not so decisively that they couldn’t evacuate at Dunkirk and live to fight another day. The French Army did not, and De Gaulle had little to do with defeating the Nazis. He was mostly a figurehead, disliked by his own staff and officers, none of whom went to England with him.

Bruce Cobb
Reply to  Leo Smith
January 13, 2022 7:09 am

Any buildout of nuclear should be done for the right reasons, which is the supplying of affordable, reliable energy. If the “green” label gets slapped on nuclear, we risk skewing things in dangerous ways which can backfire.

Joe Shaw
Reply to  Bruce Cobb
January 13, 2022 5:30 pm

I would like to hear more about what you see as as the dangers associated with labeling.

Labeling wind and solar “green” does not make them more reliable, affordable, or effective. I don’t see why acknowledging nuclear as “green” would do anything to detract from its advantages.

Reply to  Leo Smith
January 13, 2022 7:25 am

Statista is saying electricity prices in France are under 13 euro-cents per kWh now (12.92). What is odd is that it had gone nearly as high as 18 (17.99) euro-cents per kWh then dropped. Either way: far, far lower than Germany.

Reply to  Mike Jonas
January 13, 2022 3:26 am

Everybody is listening. Us alarmists warn of the consequences of relying on an energy mix that doesn’t include fossil fuelled electricity and the alarmists continue with their poppycock that we can rely on renewables. It’s not gonna end well for the alarmists.

Only problem is that TPTB haven’t got the courage to look at the simple maths of how and were the electricity comes from. There is the green pork barrel to think of as well.
Lack of lights in homesteads won’t get drastic action from government. But when business, industry and commerce can’t turn the lights on the situation will get changed damn quick, I promise.

If it isn’t business, industry and commerce that gets governments to change energy policy, then a mob of yellow vests could sort that out tout suite…_

Will UK visitors sign and circulate this parliamentary petition…_

Kevin McNeill
Reply to  DiggerUK
January 13, 2022 10:34 am

Electricity comes from the wall, everyone knows that!

Reply to  Mike Jonas
January 13, 2022 4:18 am

But it isn’t.

The German grid is the world’s most reliable (or most reliable after the Swiss)

Gregory Woods
Reply to  griff
January 13, 2022 5:34 am

Reliable? Griffian nonsense is reliable….

Reply to  griff
January 13, 2022 5:53 am

Tell that to 90,000 Berlin households :
90.000 Haushalte waren ohne Heizung und warmes Wasser – nun meldet Berlin Entwarnung

90,000 households without heating and warm water…

Grund für den Stromausfall war ein Defekt in einem Umspannwerk.
Reason, a broken electric power station.

And here we go again – limit airing to save heat, and more airing to clear COVID.
No wonder people have no trust anymore!

Rich Davis
Reply to  bonbon
January 14, 2022 7:34 am

Let’s be accurate bonbon. Sounds to me like a transformer, not a power station.

Ein Umspannwerk (auch Umspannanlage) ist Teil des elektrischen Versorgungsnetzes eines Energieversorgungsunternehmens und dient der Verbindung unterschiedlicher Spannungsebenen.
(…connection of differing voltage/potential levels)

Ben Vorlich
Reply to  griff
January 13, 2022 6:10 am

Wrong tense Griff, you’ve used the present when it should have been the past tense

Krishna Gans
Reply to  griff
January 13, 2022 6:58 am

You never know about what you are talking.

The high prices we have to pay are also based on high dispatch costs.

Reply to  griff
January 13, 2022 8:40 am

In griff’s world, unless there is a press release indicating a massive failure, everything is by definition perfect.

Ken Irwin
Reply to  griff
January 13, 2022 8:42 am

My son lives in Germany – I can confidently tell you you are talking complete nonsense. Short power outages are now commonplace as engineers try to maintain grid stability. Of course they switch off the boonies first – less political and media repercussions.

My son is sensibly stocking up for winter blackouts – firewood, fuel, supplies – things to keep warm with.

There will be an energy catastrophe in Germany – probably not this winter but it is coming – unless sanity prevails (unlikely), it is a certainty.

But of course you will argue those statistics correlate to higher prices because of insufficient renewables.

Bending reality to your fantasy with statistics is a hallmark of this entire farrago.

What’s the weather like under the bridge on whatever planet you live on ? Sorry for the ad-hominem – but in your case, I can’t help myself.

Reply to  griff
January 13, 2022 9:33 am

griff, would you be kind enough to explain how someone so disconnected from reality as you is capable of functioning day to day?

Reply to  TonyG
January 13, 2022 10:23 am

It’s OK he lives in the dysfunctional UK where the prime minister doesn’t even know when he is having a boozy party in his own garden.

Reply to  TonyG
January 13, 2022 2:24 pm

He has no responsibility for his own maintenance.

Reply to  griff
January 13, 2022 10:21 am

More bollox from you yet again “Mr Never been there” Griff.

Kevin McNeill
Reply to  griff
January 13, 2022 10:34 am

Goodun Griff, ever thought of trying standup comedy?

Reply to  griff
January 13, 2022 11:28 am

The German grid is the world’s most reliable (or most reliable after the Swiss)

References, please…

Joao Martins
Reply to  griff
January 13, 2022 11:32 am

The humanity is divided in two main groups.

Those who “follow the science” and those who “follow the rankings”.

… But there is a rather big area of coincidence of both…

Reply to  griff
January 13, 2022 12:17 pm

Im gradually coming round to the occasionally espoused notion the griff is a false flag operation, with the intent of goosing up the discussion. Nobody could be that obtuse, for that long!

Reply to  Davidf
January 13, 2022 5:53 pm

No he really is that stupid.

Iain Reid
Reply to  griff
January 13, 2022 11:33 pm


the German grid is not isolated, if it were it would be in far worse condition. It links to all it’s neighbours, which enhances stability for them. You cannot consider it in isolation.

Vincent Causey
Reply to  griff
January 14, 2022 12:17 am

I thought they had power outage last year?

Joao Martins
Reply to  Mike Jonas
January 13, 2022 11:27 am

Those experts are not “true experts”.

Because “true experts” believe in miracles.

Devils Tower
January 13, 2022 2:56 am

Sheep in the US had dam well better wake up.

Take your entire energy costs and multiply by 3.4 just to start.

3400 kWhr per year, unless there is a mistake, that might heat an electic house for a month in northern states.

Reply to  Devils Tower
January 13, 2022 4:17 am

…Or cool a large house in Texas for 1 summer month.

I have evil Methane for heat for the winter. I’m doing my part to rid the world of it.

Curious George
Reply to  Devils Tower
January 13, 2022 7:57 am

Here is a proof that the green electricity is cheap: share of green electricity fails, prices go record high 🙂
(Never mind carbon taxes)

Reply to  Curious George
January 13, 2022 12:24 pm

The problem, as far as I can see, is the costs (subsidies paid for by consumers) continue regardless of how much is supplied. But the cost of alternatives (Fossil or nuclear) are forced up, by green taxes and inefficiencies of having to load follow. It is literally the worst possible solution, from both an economic and engineering viewpoint. Its so bad, it can only have been done deliberately, and with malice. Enemy action!!

Shanghai Dan
Reply to  Devils Tower
January 13, 2022 8:04 am

Some of us already pay over $0.26 per kWh to start (and quickly ramp up to German-level prices):

Curiously, California is also a HUGE proponent of that lowest-cost source, unreliable wind and solar. Go figure!

January 13, 2022 3:16 am

Meanwhile in the UK New Statesman we read

Between 2020-2021, the phrase “climate catastrophe” tripled, and “climate emergency” is now mentioned on average 126 times a month in British newspapers — a sharp increase from an average of twice a month between 2006-2018, according to analysis by the Media and Climate Change Observatory (MCCO), a collaboration of universities from around the globe, and Babbel. However, mirroring the trend of general climate coverage, there are large disparities between usage — the left-leaning Guardian holds the record for using the phrase 179 times in a single month, followed by the Times and Sunday Times (70 times), with the right-wing Daily Mail in last place using it a maximum of nine times a month.

While “climate change” is still the media’s favourite phrase, mentioned 1,483 times this October, its popularity peaked in 2020 and 2009. The term “global warming” is falling out of fashion altogether. This is partly thanks to the Guardian changing its style guide in 2019, replacing “climate change” with “crisis” or “emergency”. The newspaper has historically led the discourse on climate change, but the issue peaked across all media in October 2021 in run up to Cop26.

If you thought the front page of the Guardian was becoming increasingly hysterical and unhinged, you were right.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  michel
January 13, 2022 3:59 am

“Between 2020-2021, the phrase “climate catastrophe” tripled, and “climate emergency” is now mentioned on average 126 times a month in British newspapers — a sharp increase from an average of twice a month between 2006-2018”

Yes, they have certainly stepped up the climate change crisis propaganda over the last few years.

You would think if the Alarmists had a good case to make for Human-caused Climate Change and good evidence to show proof of what they claim, that they wouldn’t have to go to such great lengths to brainwash people about the “horrors” of CO2.

But the Alarmists do go to such lengths, which means they can’t make their case otherwise (with the evidence). They don’t have evidence, just assertions, so they resort to making it appear they have evidence by using propaganda.

Lies and Distortions are what Alarmist Climate Science is made of. They are doing great harm to millions of people, even though there is no evidence CO2 is harmful to anyone.

Jim Gorman
Reply to  Tom Abbott
January 13, 2022 7:43 am

The scientists who know the truth are in an emergency situation to get everything done before cooling decades occur. They can then claim, “See we told you so!” The problem is that CO2 will keep on climbing and like it or not the correlation will continue to disappear as cooling occurs.

I suspect that we will be required to endure more than a decade before people can no longer deal with the electricity nightmare that is just beginning. The costs will continue to soar as local distribution hardware must be upgraded, Forests will be removed. Windmills and solar farms will proliferate. Yet all the while blackouts will get worse and worse.

Reply to  Jim Gorman
January 13, 2022 12:28 pm

About the best that can be hoped, is that when the mob finally rebels, it will put the final nail in the coffin of Globalist Socialism.

Rich Davis
Reply to  Tom Abbott
January 14, 2022 8:02 am

Oh I don’t know…according to griff it rained in Germany and British Columbia for the first time and the Arctic ice reached a months-long low this past summer. There have been dry periods when arsonist fires have been hard to control in a couple of places, oh and it got hot for a couple of days in Seattle or something. What’s more it was over 20 degrees (Celsius!) in London a number of times.

Good god man! Can’t you see the catastrophe right before your eyes?

Reply to  michel
January 13, 2022 5:14 am

the phrase “climate catastrophe” tripled, and “climate emergency” is now mentioned on average 126 times a month in British newspapers 

Why you may well wonder? Well, there’s a narrative to ramp up.

From now, house style guide recommends terms such as ‘climate crisis’ and ‘global heating’

The Guardian has updated its style guide to introduce terms that more accurately describe the environmental crises facing the world.

All of the propaganda channels have done the style guide thing. And with CoP26 in mind they used it.

Tom Abbott
January 13, 2022 3:29 am

From the article: “2021 saw a record price for households: 32.16 euro-cents per kilowatt-hour. It was the sixth year in a row with an increase. Electricity in 2021 costs double what it cost 20 years ago. Much of the price increase over the past two decades are the result of the EEG renewable energies feed-in act.”

Those German politicians are really serving their constituents well, aren’t they? Do you see what happens when a country is run by delusional people? It’s not a pretty sight. Unfounded CO2 fear has driven German politicians crazy.

Germans need to elect people to public office who are not delusional, otherwise, the suffering will continue.

Frank from NoVA
Reply to  Tom Abbott
January 13, 2022 7:20 am

Germany is the philosophical cradle of collectivism. The likelihood that the voting population wakes up tomorrow and embraces limited government is approximately nil.

Zig Zag Wanderer
January 13, 2022 3:46 am

Electricity in 2021 costs double what it cost 20 years ago.

Everything costs double what it did 20 years ago. 3.5% inflation secures that. If this is true, there’s no increase in real terms.

2% Milk
Reply to  Zig Zag Wanderer
January 13, 2022 5:04 am

That one caught my eye as well. A throw-away comparison to the past meant to create shock and awe. The idea of not adjusting price comparisons to inflation (or hurricane damage to increased population) is just bad form. I thought WUWT was better than that.

Art Slartibartfast
Reply to  Zig Zag Wanderer
January 13, 2022 5:14 am

Well, if you look what the consumer price consists of and if my interpretation of the German language is correct, without levies to finance renewables the cost would be 44% lower to consumers, € 0.1814 instead of € 0.3216 per kWh. Also note that the cost of the grid is almost as high as the generation itself. It would not surprise me if the land-based grid is more expensive because of the renewables. The sea grid is already made explicit in the costs.

Frank from NoVA
Reply to  Zig Zag Wanderer
January 13, 2022 7:35 am

Absolutely correct! ‘Modest’ price inflation is the holy grail of Keynesian Klowns, who dominate progressive economics. (At least until progressivism attains it’s manifest destiny as full-blown socialism). You don’t need a degree in economics to understand that the true goal of economic activity could be summarized as ‘more, better and cheaper’. Otherwise, what’s the point?

Jim Gorman
Reply to  Zig Zag Wanderer
January 13, 2022 7:50 am

You have never dealt with rate of return in a regulated environment have you? Equipment installed 20 years ago will be depreciated over at least 40 years and the earnings on the original investment are based on very low profit margins (but they are guaranteed). These are all fixed and barely respond to inflation. Interest on debt is a bigger expense. Expenses such as maintenance and labor will rise with inflation, but generally don’t affect overall costs that much.

Frank from NoVA
Reply to  Jim Gorman
January 13, 2022 8:03 am

Generally, that’s why inflation is so deleterious to business. Short-term earnings may actually increase as higher revenues swamp the depreciation costs of previously installed equipment. However, the situation quickly deteriorated when the old equipment has to be replaced at much higher cost.

Reply to  Zig Zag Wanderer
January 13, 2022 8:56 am

Electric costs historically do not go up as quickly as inflation. Rates in the US have gone up about half as much (56% vs 130%) in the same time frame, including areas that have pushed hard to shut down existing coal and nuclear plants during their useful life cycle.

Frank from NoVA
Reply to  Ted
January 13, 2022 11:36 am

A couple of items that have helped to keep utility rate increases below the “official” rate of inflation over the time period of your graphic: First fuel prices have declined and second, there has been appreciable compression in the interest and equity components that factor into utilities rate of return for purposes of rate making. Neither of these may continue to be favorable moving forward.

January 13, 2022 4:01 am

Here is the reason :
The good Victoria Nuland, US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, of Ukraine Kiev Maidan coup-d’etat fame (with $5 billion US tax-dollars), lets the cat out of the oil drum :

US actively working to delay certification of Nord Stream 2 – Nuland

D.C. is in -sync with the EU to halt NordStream2, and there was I thinking this was a provincial problem of local grass-roots (smoking) parties.

So the rocketing bills to voters are all for their own energy security.
Meanwhile the US diverts LNG tankers for Asia to the EU – what a windfall!!! And this is Free-Lunch, sorry, Free-Trade!

Richard Page
Reply to  bonbon
January 13, 2022 7:58 am

Just on the last bit – are you saying that the LNG tankers that were going to Europe until the Asian prices got highly lucrative and they started going there are being redirected back to Europe? Why? Is this US Govt. intervention or have European prices now outstripped the Asian markets?

Reply to  Richard Page
January 13, 2022 9:38 am

That 2nd to last sentence you refer to said nothing about LNG tankers being previously routed to Asia that were initially destined for Europe. The published reporting of LNG related news stories recapitulated in that 2nd to last sentence is that the LNG tankers initially destined for Asia are being re-directed now to Europe because the European “prices got highly lucrative”.

The “why” is Europe has poorly managed it’s seasonal LNG reserves, has limited long term price fixed supply contracts with it’s Russian supplier & the USA is trying to see if it can demonstrate that their alternative to buying much from Russia is double-plus-good. Meanwhile Russia is apparently 100% fulfilling LNG contracted volume and, last I heard, weeks have gone by with no new long term bookings from main European customers. As I understand things, the Russian supplier is sticking to it’s policy of requiring “long term” orders and not short surges of purchases – something about how the energy business needs to assure stable operational profitability.

January 13, 2022 4:17 am

‘only’ 42%… a 4% fall…

and the green levy will fall by 40% in 2022

Germany’s green energy surcharge to go down next year (

and more offshore wind on the way
RWE and Northland Power team up for gigawatt-scale offshore wind cluster in Germany – Splash247

Reply to  griff
January 13, 2022 4:44 am

Northland Power team up for gigawatt-scale offshore wind cluster in Germany

They’d better hope that the wind actually blows.

In ‘Drought no more..’ you said Climate change certainly causes too much rain in places like the UK, which is 6% wetter 

But the facts are – according to the Guardian:

England is set to run short of water within 25 years, the chief executive of the Environment Agency has warned.

How does being 6% wetter mean we are short of the wet stuff? I look forward to your explanation.

Krishna Gans
Reply to  griff
January 13, 2022 7:06 am

Germans Green Habeck realised, without gas not enough electricity, imagine.
’til now he had good cry for renewables, now he is in responsability hand has to look what goes and what not. Renewables alone won’t solve it.

And that winds slow down in a warming world wouldn’t worth a headline.

Mark BLR
Reply to  griff
January 13, 2022 8:06 am

and the green levy will fall by 40% in 2022

OK … now what else does your linked article (dated 15/10/2021, by the way) say ?

A government subsidy costing billions of euros will ensure that the EEG levy will drop from the current 6,5 cents to 3,723 cents per kilowatt hour from January 1, 2022.”

Ohhhhhhhh … kaaaaaaaaay …

The article you chose to provide a link to ends with :

Levy reduction may not be felt by customers

The reduction of the levy in 2022 has been made possible, among other things, by the newly-introduced nationwide tax on CO2 emissions in transport and building. In addition, rapidly-rising prices for gas and coal have led to a sharp rise in the price of electricity on the exchange. This means that far less money is needed from the EEG pot to offset the difference between the guaranteed purchase price for green electricity and the actual electricity price. 

However, according to comparison portal Verivox, it is possible that the reduction will make little difference to customers’ bills. With energy prices spiralling across the continent, electricity suppliers are facing higher procurement costs and grid utilisation fees – and some are already passing these extra costs onto consumers. According to Verivox, electricity prices in Germany rose by 9,3 percent in October compared to last year.

We therefore assume that electricity prices will remain at their current record level in the coming year, or at least not fall noticeably,” said Thorsten Storck, energy expert at Verivox.

Reply to  Mark BLR
January 13, 2022 8:55 am

You just highlighted the essential reasons why the whole AGW / Renewable crap was able to take hold in so many people’s minds –

they can’t read & comprehend;
they are numerically incompetent.

Shanghai Dan
Reply to  griff
January 13, 2022 8:06 am

That’s a 10% reduction in output. Most would consider a 10% drop in performance a significant hit – especially as they move to eliminate the sources that compensated for that drop.

Reply to  Shanghai Dan
January 13, 2022 8:51 am

Math is hard.


Reply to  MarkW
January 15, 2022 6:13 am

Has anyone ever seen griff and Barbie in the same room at the same time?

Mark BLR
Reply to  griff
January 13, 2022 8:12 am

… and more offshore wind on the way

Or, as your article explains :

“The partners have established a joint venture structure through which they plan to jointly develop and construct three wind farms, which are all expected to start commercial operation between 2026 and 2028.”

Reply to  griff
January 13, 2022 8:50 am

The fact remains, despite the fact that more wind and solar were built during the year, the total amount of energy produced fell.

What happens when you no longer have gas/coal/nuclear to fall back on?

Pat from Kerbob
Reply to  MarkW
January 13, 2022 9:48 am

Easy. They anticipate a cull of the old, weak, and frail, all those that covid missed.

Shanghai Dan
Reply to  Pat from Kerbob
January 13, 2022 3:40 pm

Or as my grandfather used to say:

A man who cuts his own wood it thrice warmed.

John Garrett
January 13, 2022 5:07 am

From the Associated Press:

“…The solution is more investment in renewables such as wind and solar…”

Reply to  John Garrett
January 13, 2022 7:39 am

Associated Press must immediately make all involved with it exclusively use electric vehicles – even in war zones.

Joao Martins
Reply to  John Garrett
January 13, 2022 11:45 am

Only if the population takes a few simple extra measures:

  1. Pick your cat or other fured pet, group all your neighbors and go to the closer wind generator. Sit down, caress your pets to keep warm, and blow all together your lungs out to make the machine move.
  2. Collect used glass jars from pickles an other foodstuffs, clean them welll. Group with your neighbors and go collect fireflies and put them in the jars. Then collect your pets and go by night to the nearest solar park. Sit down and caress your pet with one hand to keep warm and with the other hand hold the firefly jar high up in front of the photovoltaic panels.
January 13, 2022 6:04 am

Get ready for another jump in 2022 and 2023.

Reply to  ResourceGuy
January 13, 2022 9:17 am

6 to 8 percent from here out….

January 13, 2022 6:32 am

So German export goods are so superior that their cost of production does not matter? Let’s find out.

No Name Guy
January 13, 2022 7:03 am

“In the contest between platitudes and physics, physics is undefeated.” More evidence of the truth of this statement. For context, 32.16 euro cents = 37 cents US. That’s about 3.5 times what I pay in the Pacific Northwest (~10.5 cents).

Reply to  No Name Guy
January 13, 2022 8:57 am


No Name Guy
Reply to  Mr.
January 13, 2022 12:34 pm

Yep. Bonneville Power Administration (BPA). The Columbia River dams supply a significant fraction of the electric power in the Pacific Northwest. Unlike so called green power, this 100% renewable source is 100% dispatchable and is an excellent “peaker” power source. Check out the USGS Waterwatch stream gauge below Hoover Dam (not PNW, but really shows it well) one can see the highly variable flow as the generators ramp up and down – once in the AM for the morning uptick, then down during midday as solar PV comes on, then up again in the evening as solar wanes while the evening power surge continues, before ramping down overnight.

Pat from Kerbob
Reply to  No Name Guy
January 13, 2022 9:45 am

I pay 8c canadian in AB
Mostly gas generation

Michael S. Kelly
Reply to  Pat from Kerbob
January 15, 2022 2:23 am

Wow! That’s 6.4 cents US per kW-hr. We currently pay ~13.7 cents US per kW-hr in Northern Virginia, a sharp increase from the 11.7 cents we paid just last summer. Still, our electric bills here are a fourth of what they were in Southern California 20 years ago.

January 13, 2022 8:40 am

Surely more solar and wind will fix this, right? And it will all be FREE!

Robert Hanson
Reply to  TonyG
January 13, 2022 2:31 pm


Pat from Kerbob
January 13, 2022 9:43 am

No one involved is able to admit they were wrong. Politicians committed the money and set up the policy, when cornered they will just say they were following the science.
The “scientists” who have created this will never recant, its not possible for a sociopath like Mike Mann to do so, this is his entire identity, admitting to the scam means possible jail time.

This requires new scientists to simple stand against the tide.
They will face a firestorm, but if you are listening out there, you will be remembered forever in history texts as the people who finally told the truth and broke the fake consensus.
Reach for it.

Robert Hanson
Reply to  Pat from Kerbob
January 13, 2022 2:41 pm

Yeah, just like Giordano Bruno. Which is why no one is speaking the Truth out loud.

For those who don’t know, there is a statue of GB in Rome, on the site where he was burned to death, (at the stake), for openly saying that the Earth circles the Sun, and not the ‘science is settled’ opposite. A crime for which the Vatican has still not fully recanted.

January 13, 2022 10:58 am

The situation in the UK is equally bad, probably worse in terms of human welfare. There really are large numbers of the old and poor who hesitate to boil a kettle for a hot water bottle or a cup of tea, who turn the heating off, who minimize hot water use and use of cookers.

And in this social environment, green policies tax energy use, particularly electricity, so as to pay wind and solar generators well over wholesale prices for what they generate. Which, a substantial portion of the time, is totally not needed when they supply it.

I think Paul Homewood has documented that something like 25% of a UK residential electricity bill is green subsidies to these uneconomic generators. The total amount of subsidy going on green is about #450 million a year.

We are starving and freezing the old and the poor under the promise of saving the planet. This would be wrong in itself. But what makes it truly wicked is that it makes minimal carbon emission savings, and has no effect on the climate whatever.

And the Guardian and its readers, like the BBC management, of course are all for it. No hardship is too great to inflict on the old and poor in Britain if you can tell yourself you are benefiting some unspecified people in some far off place some decades from now.

Robert Hanson
Reply to  michel
January 13, 2022 2:44 pm

We are starving and freezing the old and the poor under the promise of saving the planet !!!!

Reply to  michel
January 14, 2022 12:57 am

Sorry, got the numbers wrong – the amount of total subsidy is not 450 million a year, its in the billions, and its around 450 per year per household. Of which a big chunk but only a chunk is higher electricity prices. Because some of it comes from forcing the suppliers to buy power at inflated rates from renewable generators, and then making this up by raising prices. So the effect is to tax electricity.

Surely the most regressive possible tax you can think of. Well, maybe if you were to tax food it would be somewhat worse. Regressive in the sense that it taxes a necessity and therefore takes a larger proportion of the income of the poor than of the rich.

The UK seems to specialize in regressive taxes of various sorts, all supported vociferously by the righteous in the pages of the Guardian or on the BBC. Another is the tax on watching television, the License Fee.

Imagine you are a poor person living on the state pension or on welfare. You really have to watch the pennies. You find that your means of entertainment and information is being taxed at the rate of about 150 pounds a year, and your electricity that you use to heat and cook and have hot water is also being taxed to fund your rich neighbor’s solar panels or the wind farm up the street.

You may never watch the BBC, you may not want it, but if you want to watch any TV you will pay for it, and you have to have a TV because that’s your main source of news and entertainment. Basically, the UK is taxing television watching and making it a criminal offence to watch TV without paying it. Similarly, you cannot do without electricity and that means paying the tax on it.

And then you read in the Guardian that the second tax is essential to save the planet, and the first is a bargain, its only a latte a week. Its not a latte a week to you, you never even think of having coffee out. What it is to you is a cheap cut of meat on the table once a week or its a pair of shoes for you or your kids bought in the local charity shop. And its not saving the planet either, its just paying for expensive toys to make your richer neighbours, the ones who could fund the solar panel installation, feel virtuous and to lower their electricity bills while you sit and shiver.

Dave Andrews
Reply to  michel
January 14, 2022 8:40 am

Yes the environmental levies amounted to £11.2 billion in 2020/21 and will rise to £12.5 billion by 2024/25 especially as the UK Government seems reluctant to shift the cost to general taxation as many in the electricity industry and those worrying about fuel poverty etc are calling for.

Dave Andrews
Reply to  Dave Andrews
January 14, 2022 9:01 am

There are around 4m households in the UK in the grip of fuel poverty and it is estimated 10,000 people a year die because of cold homes.

Reply to  Dave Andrews
January 14, 2022 9:41 am

Paul Homewood has just updated his information on the levies, here:

Worse than we thought!

Ireneusz Palmowski
January 13, 2022 1:47 pm

It will be a tough winter for Europe’s energy industry.
The circulation pattern below is likely to run through the end of January.comment image

January 13, 2022 1:53 pm

There is a break point in the price trend after 2014. Between 2000 and 2014 the cost had an annual increase of 5.4%. Since then it has been at about the level of inflation.

Something changed in 2014 to arrest the skyrocketing price rise.

January 15, 2022 9:20 am

Meanwhile, the EU designates private jets and yachts immune to emissions regulations. The attendees of COP 27, 28, ad nauseum, cannot after all be constrained. Go cuddle with your pets.

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