German surcharge to rise again

Oliver Krischer says only a tenth of the surcharge increase derives from the construction of solar or wind plants

Oliver Krischer says only a tenth of the surcharge increase derives from the construction of solar or wind plants

A surcharge on German electricity bills to finance the renewables build-up will reportedly rise by 19.5% next year.

The DPA news agency, citing industry sources, says the surcharge will increase from €0.0527 per kilowatt hour to €0.063.

The new level is scheduled to be confirmed officially by transmission system operators on October 15, but the leak has rekindled a fierce debate about energy prices.

Green Party Member of Parliament Oliver Krischer says the surcharge has risen almost five-fold in the four years of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s centre-right government.

He stresses that only a tenth of the increase derives from the construction of new solar or wind plants, while much of the rise comes due to exemptions Log in to read complete article.

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