For markus ruckdeschel, one thing is certain: without the energy turnaround, electricity would become even more expensive. Because: "the switch to renewable energies is taking place in order to be able to slow down the price increase at some point", explains the press speaker of the energy agency upper franconia. After all, fossil fuels are the price drivers – and not energy that is available practically free of charge in the form of wind or sun. He therefore does not understand the discussion about the eco-electricity levy.
He is well aware that the 60 to 90 euro extra cost per year for an average household is a lot of money for some families. "One must try to get the changeover through social contracts. But in the end, consumers will pay even more if we don't make the switch." And: "here is hysterical discussion, as if the price of electricity would increase by 50 percent. On the other hand, people pay at the gas station without batting an eye. But with one cheap fill-up the cost of electricity has already been saved."
In order to defuse the discussion, the independent expert advises consumers to take a look at their old electricity bills. "Then you can see that the increase cannot be attributed to renewable energies. They are no good as bogeymen."
"We have been talking our heads off since mid september about something that has to be done", is clear for ruckdeschel.
In part, there are strange developments in the debate: "the proposal to give free advice to socially disadvantaged families on how to save energy is pointless, because they have no money to invest in energy-saving measures."
Electricity prices had to be lower
Ruckdeschel points out that renewable energies are already having a price-reducing effect today. "This is due to the fact that, for example, photovoltaic systems supply a lot of electricity in the middle of the day. That puts pressure on the price. Midday electricity used to fetch a top price." The windy autumn and winter days also had an effect on the costs. "The only bitter thing is that the end consumers do not get anything out of it." Because the electricity suppliers had secured electricity for the long term and could thus hardly profit from the low prices. Rather coarse enterprises were won, which buy cheaply at the current stock exchange in leipzig. This is not how many people envisioned the energy transition.
That's why he can't understand why the industry's lobbyists are the "most vociferous". And this with regard to the exemption of companies from the levy. "There are certainly industries for which this exemption is justified.
But without these exceptions could be apportionment 25 percent lower." And: "the more people are exempted, the heavier the burden becomes for everyone else and the more difficult it is to explain to people that they have to pay more for renewable energies."
That the prices had to be lower, he proves with an expert opinion of graduate engineer gunnar harms on behalf of the parliamentary group of alliance 90/the greens. The specialist concludes that electricity prices in the on-trade have fallen by up to 20 percent.