October 30th, 2011
The energy sector in Germany is characterized by diverse, sometimes contradictory state interventions identified. Almost all fuels are also subsidized. The tragic events in Japan have fueled the energy policy debate in Germany. The federal government should understand the energy revolution as an opportunity to reduce the concert of the state intervention to a more effective and cost-effective measure and competition within the meaning of the consumer to strengthen further.
In the past 15 years – strengthened market principles in the energy sector – in particular by the liberalization of European electricity and gas markets and the introduction of emissions trading. However, while many other state interventions were carried out in the market. Committed to the reform of the Energy Act a minimum tariff for renewable energies and a purchase obligation for electricity network operators. With the intervention of the share of taxes and duties on electricity prices increased between 1998 and 2010 from 25 to 41 percent.