The statistics from Denmark's statistics are scary: In 2016, Danish households paid an average of 17,700 DKK (2,714 US$) in so-called "green" taxes or a total of 47 billion. kr. (7 billion US$)
It is necessary to put "green" in quotes, because pollution and environmental taxes account for the the smallest part of the total tax burden. The bulk is made up of energy taxes in the form of the so-called "PSO tax" used to keep 'preferred' energies, like wind power, economically viable.
The PSO tax is scheduled to be abolished in 2022, leaving the question of where the business will get its full profit. Answer - the Danes will pay in the form of an increase in the base tax as the green check is cut off.
Not only are the Danes already the world's hardest taxed people, but because of the charges, they also pay the world's highest electricity prices.
Now, energy, supply and climate minister Lars Christian Lilleholt is taking aim at an energy policy that already passed the lunacy stage many years ago. Firstly, he proposes an abolition of electricity tax as well as a new procurement model that does not favor the advancement of wind turbines.
Both proposals represent a much-needed change in economic energy policy, which had once pumped huge amounts of money into the wind energy sector, which has created a support dependency that has made the Windmill industry the country's most hysterical lobbying organization.
Today, solar energy is more efficient in the sense that the price per kilowatt hour is lower than wind energy and therefore it is obvious that the government will let the different forms of renewable energy compete freely in order to give the Danes the lowest possible prices.
Recently, state-controlled Dong Energy won the offer of a new offshore wind farm in Germany. The remarkable thing about Dong Energy's offer is that it is without state aid. However, the plan relies on electricity prices in Northern Europe holding firm, which is difficult to do. The Danes have poured billions into wind project development which sometimes produces excessive amounts of electricity beyond what the market can absorb, thus collapsing energy prices.
When the conversion to a fossil-free energy supply has resulted in the current madness, It's precisely for this reason that Denmark, which has otherwise been called a pioneer country, has not rolled out the intelligent grid, as consumer electricity prices do not in any way reflect the supply of power. If the washing machine is running in the morning, afternoon or night, it is important that consumers pay the same for the electricity.
How is it that electric cars are not in every car port?
Not only is the electricity tax to be abolished, all state aid to energy must end. Every wind turbine or solar power plant should operate under market conditions without direct or indirect government support.
Where other electricity producers have to pay for the fuel they use, the wind and the sun are free and there must be ample support.
It is high time that Danes need to be at the heart of the market, since nothing in a market economy is more efficient than allowing consumers to decide what best serves them.
Translation from Danish to English using Google Translate.