“The east bears costs of energy transition”
While 69 percent of residents in eastern Germany still support the country’s energy transition in principle, this figure is well below the 78 percent that expressed approval in 2015, Die Welt reports, citing a study by energy provider enviaM and Leipzig University. The percentage of people who are satisfied with implementation of the energy transition in Germany also dropped, falling from 43 percent a year ago to 35 percent. The report attributes the waning support to increasing power costs and their distribution, given that consumers in some regions in eastern Germany pay 40 percent higher transmission grid fees than those in western German states, according to enviaM.
Read the article in German here.
For a comparison with other surveys, read the CLEW factsheet Polls reveal citizens’ support for Energiewende.