News Digest Item
16 Mar 2018

Green Party chairman Habeck says tax and levy reform needed to make renewables cheaper

Lübecker Nachrichten

The co-chairman of Germany’s Green Party, Robert Habeck, says a sweeping reform of taxes and levies for renewables and other energy sources is needed to make clean energy production cheaper vis-à-vis carbon-intensive sources, the Lübecker Nachrichten reports. In the Energiewende’s next phase, “the future needs to become cheaper and the past more expensive,” Habeck said at the New Energy fair in Husum. Electricity, heating, gas and oil currently have completely different tax and levy structures, Habeck said, which stands in the way of a sensible cost comparison. 

Find the article in German here.

Check the CLEW factsheet Germany ponders how to finance renewables expansion in the future for background.

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