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Published on March 11th, 2013 | by Zachary Shahan


€1.68 — Price Of Ticket To Film About Germany’s Renewable Energy Revolution (Free Here)

March 11th, 2013 by  

Update: An error was made regarding what the €1.68 represents. That has now been corrected. I’ve also added the time at which our writer’s animations are included in the film.

eeg film ticketI know — that was a bit of an ambiguous title. €1.68 cents, as a very small number of you may know, is the increase of the renewable energy surcharge that was implemented at the beginning of this year. Germany’s Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) to ratepayers (those not exempted from the surcharge, that is). As such, the creator of a new film about Germany’s renewable energy revolution thought it would be a good idea to make that the ticket prices to screenings he’s holding in cities around the country.

I thought that was clever, and a great way to communicate just how cheap Energiewende is. However, there are several additional things about this film that are very interesting.

For one, this film is actually being shared freely. You can actually watch it on this page — the YouTube video is embedded under this article. Or you can download it via the creator’s webpage. (Note: the film is in German. Let’s hope an English version of it is created soon.)

Another interesting note is that the film’s creator, German TV journalist Frank Farenski, is actually attending most of the screenings, often getting members of parliament and town mayors to also attend, and including location-specific information related to the Energiewende at these events.

Our excellent German writer, Thomas Gerke, passed the movie on to me, and he noted that some of his animations (which he has published on CleanTechnica over the past year or two) are actually used in the movie (starting at 00:16:30).

Thomas also provided a quick summary of the movie (which, by the way, is titled, Leben mit der Energiewende). Thomas says that the movie is about: “how government & some media try to stop it, how much bullshit is out there, how regular people make a difference.”

If you happen to speak German and be in or soon visiting solar-leading Germany, here’s a list of upcoming screenings. And here’s the film’s homepage. And, as promised, here’s the film:

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  • I find the film really problematic. It distorts the facts, for one, but more importantly it does not adhere to basis ethical standards of journalism. How can financiers of the film, like K-H Remmers of Solarpraxis, be presented as independent experts? Quite misleading, in my mind.

    While I think US energy policy could profit enormously from studying the Energiewende this film is not helpful in that respect. (To be fair, it seems to be geared towards a domestic German audience.) In any case, a discussion of the up- and downsides of the German policy would be very interesting. This contribution, however, seems to be a propaganda piece and not a serious discussion of the matter.

    • I don’t really know where you get your basis for such claims. (Note: being in German, yes, I’d assume it’s targeted to a German audience.)

      • The fact that Remmers/Solarpraxis contributed to the financing is stated on the film’s website.

        Distorted facts are numerous. For instance, the film frequently refers to the high costs of German energy imports, particularly oil. While this is not wrong, it is misleading as Energiewende related energy policies do not change this. Oil is almost exclusively used for transport, chemical products, and (to a lesser extent) heating in Germany but the Energiewende is focused on the power sector, where oil is not a significant source.

        The nuclear phase out lead to a surge in the use of lignite (and more CO2 emissions), which is almost entirely from domestic production. And without an effective carbon price in place, power production from lignite is by far cheaper than renewable sources, most certainly cheaper than solar.

        The discussion of the effect of renewables on EEX spot prices is superficial at best, as it does not factor in the marginal costs when the sun doesn’t shine in Germany.

        I could go on, if you like. Let me know.

        BTW: I am a big fan of renewables but think the specific German policies lead to many issues that need to be discussed to create more sustainable policies and incentive structures.

        • i haven’t seen the film, since i don’t speak German, so i can’t speak to that, but:

          1- clearly, Energiewende is an important part of an eventual goal of clean power + electric vehicles, (which addresses the oil issue and would explain why they bring it up).

          2- the German people obviously have a choice to keep nuclear waste as far away from them as possible. many of them have lived through a nuclear disaster in their backyard, and certainly through the most recent (& ongoing) disaster in Japan. while i’d prefer they phase out coal before nuclear, they are doing more to cut emissions than the large majority of countries and have a right to phase out nuclear. again, i don’t know how this relates to the film, but it’s very clear the German people would like to phase out nuclear.

          3- i haven’t seen the film, so don’t really know the specifics you have issues with here. if the film becomes available in English, i’ll be sure to watch it.

          • Fair enough, on all three points.
            Just FYI: The latest German statistics show that lignite is one of the big winners of the Energiewende, and Oil is virtually untouched. And contrary to your assumption, there really isn’t done much in the transportation sector, I would guess because the German car industry is so strong but somewhat trailing in e-mobility.

            I am German btw.

  • Jeremy

    1,68 euro doesn’t sound much, but how often do you have to pay it, annually or per MWh or what? And that’s the recent increase – what’s the whole figure? Thanks.

    • I understand that the whole figure is 5 euros (or, less than the price of a beer at Oktoberfest).

      • Bill_Woods

        0.05277 euro/kW-h, or about 180 euro per year for a typical household.

        • Jeremy

          Thanks guys.

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