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Green energy surcharges to spike next year

The Local · 15 Oct 2010, 10:32

Published: 15 Oct 2010 10:32 GMT+02:00

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High solar energy subsidies are the main reason for the surcharge increase – which will go up 71 percent from €0.0205 to €0.035 per kilowatt hour.

According to consumer online portal toptarif.de, this could add up to €112 to an average household’s annual energy bills. Three-person families will likely see an additional €10 tacked on to their monthly bills.

Critics have recently attacked renewable energy subsidies as a waste of money, but on Friday Environment Minister Norbert Röttgen defended the measures.

“The economic value of renewable energy far exceeds the costs,” he told daily Financial Times Deutschland. “Effective and climate friendly energy security is a virtue that also has a price.”

The conservative Christian Democrat also said that the green energy industry has created some 340,000 jobs, which adds value to the subsidy.

Much of the additional subsidy payments passed on to consumers stem from solar energy development, a branch that Röttgen said he supports.

“In the long-term we all need available technologies to reach secure and climate friendly energy generation,” he said, admitting that solar companies still need to work on improving their competitiveness.

“It is now up to the sector to minimise their dependence on the German market through innovation, lower costs and working in new markets,” he said.

The German Renewable Energy Federation (BEE) also warned consumers against bad-mouthing the subsidies.

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“Every euro invested in the renewables has a high economic use – even this high surcharge,” BEE leader Björn Klusmann told German news wire DPA. “It is a misconception that there would be no surcharges if renewable energy development were stopped.”

Instead of paying for green energy, consumers would then pay for the development of conventional power plants that would also cost billions and harm the environment, he explained.


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11:09 October 15, 2010 by khassi
These numbers are not really exact, average 3 persons household consumes 4050kWh per year (bdew.de), with the increase €0.0205 to €0.035 per kWh, would mean a 4.89€/month increase and not 10.

Anyway you have all these people speaking about renewable energies as if renewable energies are one not having a difference between a kWh produced by a wind turbine for as low as 0.05€ to 0.09€ and a kWh produced by solar Photovoltaiic for more than 0.3€...
11:37 October 15, 2010 by auniquecorn
Now why the H€ll would any spike in anything be news in germany?


Germany has a spike in warm weather.

Next days headline:

Germany Taxes spike for warm weather.....
13:56 October 15, 2010 by StephenTTDuffy
Here we go again. And what a success the Oekosteuer has been. That REALLY cut down C02, didnt it? And has Schwarz-Gelb had the guts to abolish it? They opposed it when Rot-Gruen intorduced it back in the 90s. No way. And why? To save the plant? No. Its a tax that brings in money to be spent on whatever pet projects they can think of.

Remember the Federal government's initial response to 9/11? For those who dont ... they put up departure taxes.

"Oh dear! Something's happing! What exactly, we dont know! What should we do? I know .... raise taxes and spend some money! That will reasure people that everything is under control."
03:24 October 17, 2010 by FN Cee
This is no surprise. Those who live long enough will see solar and wind energy related incentives as exactly what they are ... the biggest hoax in the history of mankind ... China, India, Africa, South America, Indonesia, Asia, Russia and all the backward nations of Islam are the world's polluters and will not participate ... their growth will not and should not be stopped and/or limited by the West's misguided, self-destructive and counterproductive taxing strategies. Far better to tax and expel anyone living in a country without speaking and writing the language of the country of residence ... the world's effluent is spilling all over the EU at a rate which will soon exhaust the EU's ability to support millions who cannot and do not produce anything of value and are a great sponge soaking up the resources of generations of EU work.
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