Bonn, June 16, 2021. In 2020, sales of Green Electricity-certified green electricity were just under 1.5 terawatt hours. This is the highest figure since the label was founded, guaranteeing 100 percent renewable electricity and added value for the energy transition. This means that electricity sales have increased by 15.4 percent compared to 2019. The total of 68 certified tariffs (18 nationwide, 50 regionally available) can supply circa 466,000 three-person households with electricity. In 2021, sales are expected to reach approximately 1.7 terawatt hours. This would mean growth of 13.3 percent. This would mean that, for the first time, more than half a million three-person households would be supplied with green electricity certified by Grüner Strom.
"The climate crisis is becoming increasingly apparent to consumers. Therefore, they choose real green electricity and thus make a conscious decision for the expansion of renewable energy and for climate protection," says Dietmar Oeliger, Chairman of Grüner Strom Label e.V. "The Green Electricity Label guarantees investments in the energy transition, such as photovoltaic and wind power plants, electromobility or sustainable heat supply. Thus, green electricity customers* can directly contribute to a sustainable energy supply through their choice of tariff."
For every kilowatt hour consumed, green electricity providers must invest a fixed amount in energy transition projects within two years, for example photovoltaic systems, wind farms or electromobility. Following the conclusion of the last certification period, it is now clear: In 2018, 169 projects were supported with a total of 4 million euros. In 2018, the majority of the funding went to wind power plants, followed by energy infrastructure measures. With more than 750,000 euros, more than 60 projects were also implemented in the field of photovoltaics. Stadtwerke Konstanz demonstrates how diversely the green electricity subsidies can be used: in addition to six photovoltaic systems implemented, subsidies also flowed into the refrigerator subsidy for low-income households, the electric bicycle subsidy program, intelligent measurement technology (tenant electricity model), the new LED lighting for a sports hall, and into four charging stations for electromobility. A total of 660,000 euros was invested in the projects, around a third of which came from Green Electricity subsidies.
Just as climate change affects us all, energy providers also support energy transition projects worldwide: In Georgia, the umbrella cooperative Heliotech was founded by Women Engage for a Common Future (WECF) e.V. with the Green Electricity funding. In various regions of Georgia, a total of 114 women participated in "Women Embassador Trainings", which were conducted by the cooperative itself. Women were trained on the subject of solar energy to such an extent that they can pass on their newly acquired knowledge to other women, so that in more and more Georgian households energy no longer comes from the stove but from the roof.
Since 1999, a total of more than 1,600 energy transition projects, mainly in Germany, have been co-financed by the Green Electricity Label with more than 80 million euros. Co-financing with Green Electricity funding has triggered total investments in energy transition projects estimated at more than 470 million euros.
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About Grüner Strom Label e.V.
The Grüner Strom Label e.V. certifies green energy products. The association awards two seals of approval for this purpose: the Grüner Strom-Label for green electricity with added value and the Grünes Gas-Label for environmentally compatible biogas. The association is backed by non-profit environmental and consumer associations and peace organizations, including NABU, BUND, EUROSOLAR and the Verbraucher Initiative. Grüner Storm-Label and Grünes Gas-Label are the only seals of approval for green electricity and biogas in Germany that are supported and recommended by leading environmental associations. www.gruenerstromlabel.de
Green Gas Certification Manager