German Statistical Office
Average power price has risen by one third since 2000
The average price for power for all consumer rose by one third between January 2000 and August 2014 due to higher levies and as falling wholesale power prices were not passed on to consumers, the German Statistical Office said. Electricity prices for households almost doubled, for large industrial customers prices advanced 76 percent, while for distributors they fell 4 percent in the period. That reflects the drop in prices on the power exchange as distributors bought power directly on wholesale power markets.
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Merkel aid halts German fracking law
Peter Altmaier, Chief of Staff to Chancellor Angela Merkel, wants to ease restrictions on fracking and has halted legislation proposed by Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks, which would ban the technology except in restricted, exploratory cases, website Spiegel Online reported, without saying where it obtained the information. Hendricks considers fracking, the extraction of oil and gas with the help of high-pressure water and chemicals, a risky technology that cannot be applied safely.
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