61% of German citizens don't mind paying renewable surcharge

Focus magazine reports on a poll of 1.000 German citizens. 61% don’t mind paying more for electricity in form of surcharges for the feed-in tariff, if they get more renewable sources in return.

That is a pretty solid majority. I would give the same answer.

As I just noted in a comment to this post by Stephen Lacey on Renewable Energy World:

In answer to the post above comparing the 3.5 cents Euro surcharge to American retail prices:

In Germany, the surcharge is only about 8.5% of retail price.

“Only” 3% is still 18.6 TWh. as noted in the article above. There are many countries world wide that use less electricity from all sources.

And while I agree that Germany is not the best solar location world wide, the biggest effect of the feed-in tariff law was to enable mass production and the dramatic drop in costs coming from that. That is one of the stated goals of the German law on renewable energy, and it has been reached quite convincingly.

Update: An answer to my comment pointed out that the Wikipedia data cited above is out of date. I added this:

Thank you for pointing out that the Wikipedia article does not reflect the newest data.

That can be found at this March 2011 press release of BDEW, the German Energy Industry Association.

They estimate 10.30 Euro surcharge per month for average consumers, who would pay 72.77 Euro retail price. So that makes the surcharge part about 14.15%.

Without the feed-in tariffs, there would not have been a mass market. Without the mass market, no or at least very much slower price reductions.

This is also a good opportunity to point out that the latest poll showed that 61% of Germans support paying these surcharges.

Thanks to this Tweet by voRWEggehen for the link.