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Additionally, there is the VAT (Umsatzsteuer), which appears to be raised even across the license fee and federal tax.
It's the same in Sweden, VAT is payed on top of price+other taxes.
It remains unclear to me why a VAT should also be raised over surcharges and levies.
The idea is that by doing it this way, the government can extract more money from citizens.
The question remains, therefore, whether steering deployment volumes via a per kilowatt hour (kWh) remuneration will remain effective over the medium to long term.
This is a feature, not a bug. If you subsidise renewable kWh's, that's what the power industry will deliver. Complaining that they actually build the wind mills and then get the subsidies they were promised hardly seems very fair.
There is also debate regarding the allocation of the costs of the Energiewende with some arguing that household consumers carry a disproportionate share of the burden.
In Sweden, industry is exempted from electricity and carbon taxes. This makes a lot of sense as industry is active on the international market, and taxing it that way will reduce its competitiveness, driving it abroad to no use.

People, on the other hand, hardly move abroad because power and diesel is too expensive, so they can be taxed without negative effect.

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.

by Starvid on Fri Jul 5th, 2013 at 12:14:16 PM EST

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