Renewables levy in Germany decreases by 1.3% in 2018
Wind park installation in Germany. Author: Evert Kuiken.
The green energy levy in Germany, the surcharge in consumers bills that supports renewable energy, will decrease in 2018 to EUR 0.06792 (USD 0.08) per kWh from EUR 0.0688/kWh in 2017.
The nearly 1.3% reduction is due to a projected increase in the market price for electricity and the surplus in the EEG levy account, the Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagetur) said Monday. These will offset the increased renewables cost coming from onshore and offshore wind capacity additions next year.
The liquidity reserve will remain at 6%.
Transmission system operators (TSOs) expect 8 GW of additional renewable energy capacity in 2018, which would lift green power generation to some 204 TWh. Germany has already reached a 35% share of renewable energy in power.