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EU: Commission approves German renewable energy surcharges cuts

 |  August 1, 2018

Citing EU state aid rules, the European Commission (EC) has endorsed German plans to reduce renewable energy surcharges for electricity users producing their own electricity using highly efficient cogeneration plants, the EC announced on August 1.

The Commission’s decision on August 1, follows an agreement in principle reached on March 7, between the EU Commission’s competition chief, Margrethe Vestager, and Germany’s Economic Affairs and Energy Minister, Peter Altmaier.

According to the Commission, the German Renewable Energy Act (Erneuerbare Energien Gesetz – EEG) provides support for the production of renewable electricity. This support is financed through a surcharge, the EEG-surcharge, imposed since August 2014 on all electricity users, including users producing their own electricity (self-suppliers).

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