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Conflicting evidence over number of green power customers in Germany

Just under 2% of Germany's 35.3 million electricity customers, about 600,000, had switched to buying green energy by the end of 2001, according to a survey from the country's electricity association, Verband der Elektrizitätswirtschaft (VDEW), which represents 750 of the 1000 energy companies operating in Germany. VDEW found that 80% of its members already offer, or are preparing to launch, green electricity products -- 56% of them include electricity generated by wind plant. The association's findings contrast to those from Greenprices, an information service, which suggest that just 280,000 German customers had signed up for green electricity in 2001, buying a total of 690 GWh. Greenprices also says that most of VDEW's members have yet to launch green electricity products. Just 25% of Germany's energy companies offer green electricity, it says, and with 32 independent traders (which are not VDEW members) also offering green power, this suggests that at least 55% of VDEW's members are still preparing to launch green products, while 20% have no plan to do so at all as yet.

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