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Nuclear and coal energy are more heavily subsidized in Germany than green power, Greenpeace Energy

publié le 21 août 2013 à 06:15 par Regis Castellani

The cost of subsidizing conventional energies in Germany is more than twice as high as the cost of subsidizing green electricity, according to a new study conducted by Germany-based Forum Okologisch-Soziale Marktwirtschaft (FOS) for Greenpeace Energy. Renewable energies received €17 billion ($22.7 billion) in subsidies in 2012 via the EEG levy, while the »hidden costs« of conventional energy cost the taxpayer €40 billion last year. For the calculation, the researchers included state subsidies for nuclear and fossil fuels that are not directly connected to electricity prices, such as grants, research funding and tax breaks, as well the as external costs of these power sources, like the cost of cleaning up contaminated land, disposing of nuclear waste and combating climate change and pollution caused by fossil fuels. If these additional costs were to be made visible in the form of a »conventional energy levy,« the result would be a levy of €0.102 per kWh, said Greenpeace Energy. This almost twice as high as the current EEG levy.

Photon 21 août 2013