“Immigration boosts power consumption”
The anticipated net immigration of about 2.5 million people by 2020 will boost Germany’s power consumption by roughly 650 million kWh or 0.5 percent of current household power consumption, according to economic research institute RWI Essen. “This increase runs counter to the government’s energy concept” that envisages a decrease by ten percent in 2020 vis-à-vis 2008, the RWI Essen writes. The researchers estimate that about half of the immigrants will remain in Germany for a prolonged time and will form about 250,000 households with at least four people and a comparatively low power consumption of 2,595 kWh annually.
Find the RWI’s press release in German here.