News Digest Item
28 Mar 2017

“Industry pro abolishing power tax”


Several industry representatives support the call to abolish the electricity tax in Germany, writes Jens Tartler in Tagesspiegel. Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DIHK) and German Engineering Federation (VDMA) argue that power prices are too high for companies and other consumers, due to levies and taxes. The power tax should be replaced by a CO₂ tax, as the former prevented “merging power, heat and mobility into a flexible energy system”, according to Harald Uphoff, acting managing director of German Renewable Energy Federation (BEE).

Read the article in German here.

For background, see the CLEW article Debate on financing renewables in new ways gathers pace in Germany and the CLEW news digest item CO2 price should replace levy to fund renewables expansion - state sec.

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