News Digest Item
14 Mar 2018

Consumer organisation association calls for fairer distribution of Energiewende costs

Federation of German Consumer Organisations (vzbv)

The Federation of German Consumer Organisations (vzbv) has called on the new German government to "reboot" financing of the energy transition. The costs of building up renewable capacity and updating the grid must be more fairly distributed, the vzbv says in a press release. Exemptions from the Renewable Energy Act (EEG) surcharge for energy-intensive industries should be paid via tax revenues rather than passed on to other consumers, and power tax and grid fee exemptions for companies should be abolished, the consumer organisation says. The vzbv sets out these and other demands - such as better prosumer rights and measures to promote sector coupling - in a position paper. 

Find the press release in German here, a factsheet on the proposal in German here, and the vzbv’s demands in German here.

For background read the CLEW factsheet Germany ponders how to finance renewables expansion in the future.

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