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many German industrial companies are exempt from paying EEG, they profit from the current regulations

That's the key fact here: the EEG surcharge is a subsidization of consumers who got the "exemptions" by those who didn't, and the surcharge increases if more exemptions are granted. Another issue with the surcharges is that they were created under the erroneous assumption that renewables will not influence market prices, whereas they actually drive market prices down (increasing the surcharge). If politics were about rational decisions, the conclusion would be to drop the exemptions altogether.

A second issue is that AFAIK even the core retail price (without taxes, levies and EEG surcharge) doesn't follow the decline in spot market prices. (Maybe it's on one of your diagrams, but my office content filter blocks all but one of them.)

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Wed Jul 3rd, 2013 at 07:18:35 AM EST

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