29.01.2022 – 01:00
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Because of “exploding energy costs”: Cities and municipalities are calling for the earlier abolition of the EEG surcharge and an increase in the commuter allowance
Managing Director Landsberg: Politicians must act now – “Jobs and acceptance of the energy transition are at risk”
Osnabruck. Due to an “explosion in energy prices”, Germany’s local authorities are demanding an earlier abolition of the EEG surcharge and an increase in the commuter allowance. “We urgently need relief,” said Gerd Landsberg, general manager of the German Association of Towns and Municipalities (DStGB), in an interview with the “Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung” (NOZ). “In addition, an early abolition of the EEG surcharge should be examined.”
Economics Minister Robert Habeck (Greens) has announced the move for 2023. Several industry representatives also believe that it is too late. According to the DStGB, the abolition of the EEG would mean annual savings of around 150 euros for a four-person household with a consumption of 4000 kWh.
“In addition, the commuter allowance should be increased by five cents from the first kilometer,” said Landsberg. This would further relieve commuters, regardless of the means of transport they choose. “In order to relieve low incomes, the mobility premium would have to be raised accordingly,” added the DStGB chief executive.
To justify their demands, the municipalities refer to “an explosion in energy prices”. According to Landsberg, Germany has long been at the top of Europe when it comes to the price of electricity at 30.34 cents per kilowatt hour. Gas prices have risen by almost a third, and heating oil prices have increased by around 41 percent. And the trend will continue, especially with regard to the rising CO2 price.
“Politicians must act now. Energy costs have long been more than a second rent,” the DStGB sounded the alarm. Even many middle-income people could hardly afford the extremely high energy prices in the medium term. “We expressly warn the government not to wait it out. This poses a considerable risk to jobs, but also to the success of the energy and mobility transition,” says Landsberg.
“If people get the impression that they can no longer finance the climate change in the end, further resistance will build up,” said Landsberg. The “ecologically correct” expansion of onshore wind energy will “certainly fail” if the project “is seen by many as a perspective only for high earners in metropolitan areas”. In order to prevent a further division in society, “climate protection and social balance are needed, especially to take people in rural areas, where many are dependent on cars and at the same time are confronted with the massive expansion of renewable energies, along with them”.
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