|Published : 14 Oct 2016, 22:01:29|
Germans to pay higher surcharge for renewable energy in 2017
FRANKFURT, Oct 14 (Reuters): German consumers will have to pay a higher surcharge to help fund renewable energy next year despite government efforts to scale back support for green power, the country's network operators (TSOs) said on Friday.
The surcharge under the renewable energy act (EEG) will amount to 6.88 euro cents per kilowatt hour (kWh) in 2017, an increase of 8.3 per cent from this year, the four TSOs that collect the fee said in a joint statement.
The expansion of onshore wind power capacity was the main factor pushing up the cost, they said. The fee makes up just over a fifth of consumers' final bills.
An average household consuming 3,500 kWh a year will pay a total of 286 euros, including sales tax, towards the EEG next year.
The fee makes the biggest single contribution to financing Germany's Energiewende policy shift to more renewable power.