Germany presses EC for green energy discounts

Green Energy discounts EUBrussels has been under pressure from Germany to loosen restrictions on subsidizing clean energy to clear the way to the German Government the adoption of the crucial law on renewable energy sources. The European Commission (EC) will probably change the rules on State aid, which would allow one party to the rapid removal of subsidies for renewable energy, but at the same time continuing the rebates for green energy on a large scale indicates publication.
Amendments to the rules will allow the German government to adopt new law on renewable energy without impacting the requirements of the European Union (EU). The reform of the German Energy became necessary after the previous government of Angela Merkel has decided to abandon nuclear energy after the Fukushima accident. The biggest challenge for the Chancellor, however, to shift towards renewable sources, and who will pay for the turn in energy policy. The proposals to change the state aid rules that allow the phase out of subsidies for green energy, have brought criticism from environmental groups. According to them, these rules will greatly hinder competition with big energy companies who still cling to fossil fuels and nuclear energy. The EU Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia insists, however, a more market-oriented system to support renewable energy sources to prevent waste of taxpayers’ money.
The phasing out of subsidies for producers of clean energy should reduce the need for other discounts. Discounts, however, are a central element of the energy system of Germany. Negotiations on new rules for state aid continue, the newspaper notes, as Germany demands are backed by France, Italy and the UK.
Brussels is likely to give more flexibility to Member States in the European Union (EU) to circumvent restrictions on rebates for energy production from renewable sources. In accordance with the plans of Berlin will likely be reduced and thresholds so that smaller projects for the production of green energy also benefit from preferential prices. It is envisaged that more companies that produce electricity for their own needs to pay fees to support the production of renewable energy.
The representatives of German industry is concerned about the new proposals and the introduction of exceptions. According to experts, it would disappoint users in Germany who pay some of the highest energy prices in the EU. The German consumers pay a surcharge to their bills for electricity, which funded the expansion of renewable energy sources. Because of this charge the electricity bill of an average German family is expensive on average 220 EUR.

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