Taxes, charges and levies have tripled since 2000. German government charges now account for more than half of the electricity price.
German online site Stromreport writes that since the year 2000 the average electricity price for private households has risen from 13.94 to 30.43 euro cents per kilowatt hour (2019).
German electricity prices for households are among the highest worldwide.
The price increase has little to do with demand or markets, but almost everything to do with government interference. According to Stromreport, “Taxes, charges and levies have tripled since 2000 [from 5.19 to 16 cents]. In total, German government charges now account for more than half of the electricity price [52.5%].”
Electricity becoming a luxury
Annually hundreds of thousands of German households see their power cut off due to unpaid power bills. For example in 2018, the Tagesspiegel here reported: “In the past year, almost 344,000 households in Germany had their electricity turned off. This is according to the monitoring report of the Federal Network Agency on the electricity market.”
Of course the high prices hit the poor the hardest.