German renewables surcharge to rise 8% next year


Germany’s renewable energy surcharge, currently set at 6.35 euro cents ($0.07) per kilowatt hour, is set to rise by 8%, or half a cent, next year, according to a report by German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, which cites transmission system operator sources.

The German government uses the surcharge to fund its renewable energy feed-in tariffs. While every private household pays the levy, energy-intensive companies are widely exempted from the tax.

Following the 8% increase, the surcharge will increase to 6.88 euro cents per kWh.

Germany’s four TSOs — Amprion, TransnetBW, Tennet TSO and 50Hertz — have to calculate the new surcharge according to the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) in October and plant to announce it on Friday.

The newspaper points out that for a three-person household with a consumption of 3,500 kilowatt hours a year, the renewable surcharge would rise by €18 to €240 a year.