Amory Lovins gave a talk at the Three Mile Island 35th Anniversary Symposium: The Past, Present, and Future of Nuclear Energy hosted by the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College.
As part of his talk he pointed to Denmark as a prime example of a country that has successfully integrated a large portion of renewable energy. I interrupted him and said that sure, but Denmark also has the most expensive electricity in Europe. He informed me that it is because the country has a high tax rate on electricity, not because its generation is especially expensive.
I said that was not true.
According to the table titled Composition of electricity prices for household consumers second half 2011 from Eurostat, he was right, I was wrong.
The table indicates that Denmark’s total electricity price was 0.298 euros per kilowatt hour, which includes 0.068 for energy, 0.064 for network costs, and 0.166 for “Non-recoverable taxes and levies.”
I apologize for contradicting him about the impact of high taxes on the consumer prices for Danish electricity.