- Feb 2007
Actually, in Germany, much of the cost of electricity for residential consumption during the past number of years is comprised of taxes/surcharges of one form or another.:Posted at 1 am from electricity generated by your solar panels I am sure.
In the mean time, there is still no refuting the comparison between energy costs in Green Germany and Evil France. In fact, Germany is so concerned about the price of electricity going forward with their scheme that they are currently considering putting a price cap on it just to stop the run away cost they are experiencing.
And these taxes/surcharges are based upon policy and aren't necessarily reflective of the cost of solar- and wind-based renewable energy itself, particularly today.:
(Note: Although it isn't included in the above chart, the LCOE for nuclear power in Germany, in comparison with other energy sources, somewhat mirrors the LCOE for nuclear energy in the US.)
And it should be noted that Germany started heavily transitioning over to solar- and wind- based electrical power when those technologies were significantly more expensive than they are today, while also rather abruptly starting to phase out the use of nuclear energy. And, the wholesale cost-though not retail overall cost-of electricity has actually been falling in recent years in Germany, on average.
Also, while the overall cost-including those taxes/surcharges-of residential electricity is high and greater than it was, say, twenty years ago even adjusted for inflation, Germany's energy transition to non-nuclear included renewable energy has the majority support from her citizens.:
Meanwhile, in the US, traditional nuclear energy is increasingly becoming uncompetitive, cost-wise, with solar- and wind- based power, and particularly utility-scale solar- and wind-based power.:
PS - I personally still live on the grid, and without using solar power on my own. But, this said, my utility company in Vermont today does utilize over 60% non-nuclear renewable energy (mostly hydro power), while at the same time taps into less than 10% fossil fuel-based energy. And, Vermont as a whole, has the lowest residential electricity rates in New England and New York. And, to their credit, my utility company plans on being entirely fossil fuel energy free and nuclear energy free by 2030 by expanding upon solar- and wind-based power in the coming years, while also phasing out its reliance on a nuclear plant in New Hampshire for a portion of its electricity supply.
I'll add, it is rather hard to tell exactly when the LCOE for solar-and wind-based power in the US will bottom out.:
They just keep getting cheaper and cheaper...with no apparent end in sight with regards to their falling costs, it seems.