Six percent of Germans make their own power
While only a relatively small number of Germans already generate their own electricity, an overwhelming majority would like to – and only around a quarter of Germans think power supply should be left up to utilities.
Over at the Energy Transition blog, I reported on the ongoing popular support for Germany's energy transition yesterday. The consumer advocacy organization behind that survey has also published some additional findings about how many Germans are already taking part in the Energiewende as investors.
The poll found that only one percent of those surveyed generate all of their electricity themselves, though six percent produce some electricity on their own. 41 percent said they would like to be more independent in their power supply but cannot afford the investments. Another 15 percent said they were interested and would like to learn more.
Only 28 percent of those surveyed said that "power generation is something that should be left up to our providers." The remaining 10 percent of those surveyed had no opinion.
It would be interesting to compare these findings with surveys from other countries, but I do not know of any. If you have any information, please drop me a comment below. (Craig Morris)