EC probes German RE surcharge

Angela Merkel's new government has already signalled it may tackle the exemptions

Angela Merkel's new government has already signalled it may tackle the exemptions

The European Commission (EC) has opened an investigation to examine whether exemptions to the payment of the renewable energy surcharge (EEG surcharge) by many German industries are compatible with EU state aid rules.

The probe is not directed against Germany’s renewable energy law (EEG) as a whole, as some renewable lobby groups had feared.

But the EC says two aspects of the EEG may be in breach of state aid rules.

“The surcharge reduction for energy-intensive companies appears to be financed from a state resource,” the EC claims, adding that the investigation does not prejudge its outcome.

Germany has always rejected that accusation on the grounds that the EEG surcharge is not paid by the state, but by consumers on top of their power bills Log in to read complete article.

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