News Digest Item
11 Jul 2018

German power taxes and levies system “ailing” – opinion

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

In an opinion piece in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Andreas Mihm argues that the government is responsible for Germany’s high power prices, as it does not use the state budget to finance desired support like that for renewables, but passes the costs on to electricity consumers. Additional taxes and concession fees create an “ailing system”, because at the same time the government “incentivises increased (green) power use” for heat pumps or battery-powered cars, Mihm writes. He says it is outrageous that the state additionally puts a turnover tax on the other existing taxes and levies.

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

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