RWE to Pay Extra Surcharges Themselves

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reports on the decision to increase the feed-in tariff surcharges in Germany to 5.27 cents next year.

The article says that one of the big German utilities, RWE, plans to pay those extra surcharges themselves, and not passing them on to their customers.

Actually that makes sense, since part of those additional surcharges is caused by the fact that electricity prices on the wholesale market have gone down because of more renewable in the mix.

If an utility just pockets the profits from lower wholesale prices and passes on the increase in surcharges in full, they would be unfair to their customers.

And customers in Germany have the ability to change their utilities anytime they want. It will be interesting to see if other utilities follow RWEs lead.

I think they deserve praise for doing this.

Published by kflenz

Professor at Aoyama Gakuin University, Tokyo. Author of Lenz Blog (since 2003, lenzblog.com).

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