3 Nov 2013

Berlin to vote whether to renationalise electricity supply

10:03 pm on 3 November 2013

About 2.5 million voters in the German capital, Berlin, are deciding whether to renationalise their electricity supply.

The BBC reports that during the 1990s many German cities sold off their electricity supply in what was part of a global wave of privatisation.

Supporters of the buy back say current electricity prices are too high and there has been too much reliance on coal.

Opponents of the buy back say publicly owned power generation would burden Berlin with debt and that going green might push bills up still further.