News Digest Item
17 Oct 2016

“More expensive – yet again“


The renewables surcharge rise is long since decoupled from the expansion of wind and solar power, and is rather a consequence of low wholesale power prices, writes Georg Ehring in an opinion piece for Deutschlandfunk. “The price at the electricity exchange is so low because too many old lignite power plants are still connected to the grid – despite their enormous CO₂-emissions,” writes Ehring. The surcharge would decrease if the plants were removed from the grid – although end-consumers’ prices might increase in turn: “Clean energy doesn’t come for free.”

Read the opinion piece in German here.

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