Germanys 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.
Germanys 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.