Renewables levy comes of age
The average German household with an annual consumption of 4,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) has paid a total of about 2,200 euros renewables surcharge since the Renewable Energy Act (EEG) was introduced in April 2000 with the aim of supporting wind, solar and other regenerative power sources, price comparison website Verivox says in a press release. The EEG now has “come of age” by turning 18 this month and has helped to bring the share of renewables in power production to over 33 percent since its introduction, Verivox says. The EEG surcharge currently stands at 6.79 cents/kWh, meaning it accounts for about a quarter of the total power price. In 2000, it stood at 0.2 cents/kWh.
Find the press release in German here.
See the CLEW factsheet What German households pay for power for more information.