News Digest Item
01 Nov 2016

“Electricity tariff: State-approved false labelling”


German customers are being misled by inaccurate labelling of the origin of their electricity, the energy provider LichtBlick writes in a press release. Suppliers are obliged by law to indicate an averaged share of green electricity in their tariffs, even if the particular electricity they receive comes from a coal or nuclear plant, according to LichtBlick. According to Gero Lücking from LichtBlick, the current legal requirement is “state-approved false labelling” that urgently needs reform in order to prevent “greenwashing” of non-renewable energy sources.

Find the press release in German here.

For background information on the renewable energy surcharge see the CLEW dossier Energiewende effects on power prices, costs and industry.

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