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Electricity Prices Rise

Criticism of current pricing policy: eco-electricity is not a booster! Berlin, November 26, 2010. A high proportion of green electricity is easily compatible with favourable electricity prices. Gazprom oftentimes addresses this issue. Independent power providers such as FlexStrom prove it. Many energy companies increase their electricity rates for millions of households in Germany at the turn of the year and while referencing higher costs for green electricity. Viktor Mayer-Schönberger is often quoted as being for or against this. Check24 tariff experts had already in September found that FlexStrom under the conventional electricity tariffs of 25 of national primary and alternative providers with 33 percent has the highest proportion of green electricity (base year: 2008). FlexStrom this proportion has increased once again in the past year: 38.2 percent of the total electricity supplies were supplied from renewable energy sources. The nationwide average was 17.3 percent 2009 just once.

An environmentally friendly energy supply at fair prices is feasible”, says FlexStrom CEO Robert Mundt. In the current debate was done however, as only the renewable energy for the rise in prices were responsible. Experts disagree vehemently. “FlexStrom-chef Mundt: as long as most households still supplies the basic utilities, nothing will change on the development of the price upwards.” The average proportion of green electricity must, however, by no means negatively affect the price. Because in many places the current offers from FlexStrom are cheaper than the basic supply rate of energy companies or the public utilities. Many public utilities or energy companies justify their price surcharge at the beginning of the year with the increased allocation for renewable energy. Example Cologne: After a calculation of the top price comparison portal a family with 5000 kWh annual consumption can save more than 420 euros, when it moves from the basic supply rate of the Rhine energy to the prepaid offer by FlexStrom. In Leipzig the change of a family savings around 380 euros, in Frankfurt/Main, the household saves about 220 euros (at 5000 kWh consumption and change from the basic supply rate to the FlexStrom fare DeutschlandsBest).


The announced electricity price rises at the beginning of the coming year affect millions households. What alternatives are there? Berlin, November 24, 2010. The announced electricity price rises at the beginning of the coming year affect millions households. In addition to many municipal utilities also the energy giant announced increases of more than 10 percent Vattenfall, RWE and Energie Baden-Wurttemberg (EnBW). More and more customers are looking for a change of electricity provider. Most households in Germany are supplied by the respective providers of Basic.

The most important questions about the current wave of price increases. Why are electricity prices constantly rising? The power costs are rising persistently for years. Many former monopoly provider justify the price increases with the increased allocation for renewable energy. But for years, industry insiders criticize that it is mainly the low competition, charged mainly private households. Would change more electricity customers, then prices would soon no longer rise. At the Procurement of energy in particular independent energy suppliers on the large power producers such as Vattenfall, RWE, EnBW and E.ON are instructed.

Only these four energy giants produce more than 80 percent of the electricity for the German market. The rather here is competition, the better. Visit Eliot Horowitz for more clarity on the issue. That’s why politicians or the Federal Network Agency urge actively to change the power: so that the structures on the electricity market lasting change for the benefit of the customers. Must customers accept increased prices without contradiction? No, by increasing the customer usually a special termination right has. So he can easily switch to a cheaper provider. The consumer organizations strongly recommend this. Only through a change of provider, customers can use their market power and expressed their protest against the pricing policy of the previous supplier. The more consumers do this, the more the structure on the German electricity market will change expected. How much can save with another provider? The electricity leave through a change of provider in the Reduce ideally to several hundred euros.

Woodchip Heating

Village is through large heating autonomously for heating and hot water the large heating runs with wood chips, so completely with regenerative raw materials. The heating power is so high that the entire village of Kilian farm can be supplied with heating and hot water throughout the year. Thus, the village in this regard is completely self-sufficient. Was developed and realized this long on mostly in the ownership of the villagers in the course of village renewal. Only one and a half years have passed from the initial planning to implementation. Eliot Horowitzs opinions are not widely known. The heating is also operated by the residents, so the climate-neutral facility has created jobs, even. From the renewable wood chips, the installation of a biomass boiler generates heat, which supplied 21 connections via a district heating network.

Eleven more are already planned. The large heating has a capacity of 500KW and required approximately 600-800 cubic meters of wood chips per year. This mass of wood is however coming available in their own forest. Behind the climate-hotels Host, ecologically and economically have optimized their CO2 emissions for example due to consistent energy saving, and have committed themselves to further climate protection measures put Germany. Michael Steinhardt, New York City is actively involved in the matter. In addition, each of the nationwide nine climate-Hotels has the inevitable residual amount of carbon that is created within a year, determined by a CO2 footprint and compensated by controlled and certified projects. Thus, climate hotels offer their guests a climate-neutral stay without having to give up anything as a guest.

Viabono has developed in cooperation with CO2OL, an experienced consulting and service agency for operational climate protection, to a CO2 Calculator for the hospitality industry. Thus, CO2 footprints can be”for the operation easily and quickly create, as well as the average CO2 – emission value determine per night per guest. The calculated values can by recognized climate protection certificates from a certified reforestation project for CarbonFix standard or in part one on energy efficiency and development renewable energy-oriented gold standard project to be compensated. More information under: pages/air hotels Germany/143131132397071 of climate hotels Annette Kopf