By National Wind Watch One reason why Germany’s transition to renewable energy sources has been so successful is its funding model. A surcharge on electricity bills has been financing the expansion of solar and wind parks, biogas and hydro power. The levy, however, has risen dramatically since its introduction in 2000: from €883 million to an estimated €26.6 billion this year ($1 billion – $29.8 billion). Consumers and companies pay this amount each year, posing a burden on consumption, profitability and competitiveness. It is . . .
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