News Digest Item
16 Oct 2017

Renewables levy to fall slightly in 2018

50 Hertz / Amprion / TenneT / TransnetBW

The EEG surcharge – Germany’s levy to support renewables expansion that consumers pay with their power bill – will fall to 6.792 cents per kilowatt hour (ct/kWh) in 2018, from 6.88 ct/kWh in 2017. The country’s four transmission grid operators (TSOs) expect an increase of renewable power feed-in, mainly from onshore and offshore wind parks, but a projected increase in wholesale power prices would lower the support payments to renewable power producers. More than a third of the levy will be used to pay solar PV power producers, about a fourth for biomass and onshore wind respectively, and about 14 percent for offshore wind power producers, write the TSOs in a press release.

Find the press release in German here.

For background, read the CLEW factsheets Defining features of the Renewable Energy Act (EEG) and What German households pay for power.

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