Cost of German renewables up as key proponent dies

The unexpected death of Hermann Scheer – the “father” of Germany’s influential system of renewables feed-in tariffs – has coincided with news that the costs to German power consumers will increase by 70% next year.

German households and businesses pay a levy the proceeds of which subsidise renewable electricity production. This levy will rise from 2.05 to 3.50 Euro cents per kilowatt hour in 2011, network operators have calculated. Its sharp rise is due to the rapid growth of renewables, especially photovoltaic power, and expanded biogas capacity, the German environment ministry said.

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