Berlin (dpa) - For electricity customers in Germany are characterized in the coming year, higher electricity prices. An important component of the price, the EEG levy to promote green electricity in Germany, is set to increase in the coming year - to 6.756 cents per kilowatt hour.

The German Press Agency learned this from well-informed circles. For the year 2019, the surcharge is 6.405 cents. She had sunk twice in a row. The operators of the large power grids want to officially announce the amount of the levy for the next year this morning.

The EEG apportionment accounts for around one quarter of the electricity price and finances the fixed remuneration that green electricity producers have received to feed their electricity, irrespective of the market price. Other components of the electricity price for private customers include taxes, other levies and surcharges, as well as production costs and network charges.

Overall, the comparison portal Verivox assumes rising electricity prices. In addition to the increase in the EEG surcharge, increases in the other electricity price components were also evident, said energy expert Valerian Vogel of the German Press Agency.

Network charges, which account for around a quarter of the electricity price, are also expected to increase in the coming year. The wholesale prices of utilities are also above the previous year's level. "Consumers in Germany must therefore adjust to electricity price increases again next year," says Vogel. Consumers in Germany have already paid the highest electricity prices in Europe alongside the Danes.

In return for an entry into CO2 pricing in the transport and building sectors, the Federal Government plans to reduce the price of electricity. The levy to cover the costs of the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) is to be lowered by 0.25 cents per kilowatt-hour from 2021 onwards and then further reduced from 2021 onwards. The coalition wants to relieve especially families and small and medium-sized companies.

Particularly energy-intensive companies are largely exempt from part of the surcharge, which is why other consumers have to bear a correspondingly higher share of costs. The EEG surcharge was introduced to promote electricity generation from renewable energy sources such as wind and sun.

FDP faction vice Christian Dürr criticized: "No other country spends so much money on climate action and achieved so little. For 19 years, the EEG has been buying climate protection at a much too high price. Above all, households with small and medium incomes must pay him. "This is neither fair nor economic. The FDP therefore calls for the abolition of the EEG and the EEG levy.

The chief executive officer of the VKU municipal council, Katherina Reiche, said that the reduction of the EEG levy agreed in the climate protection program is a drop in the bucket, which evaporates immediately. To relieve the electricity customers really, a review of taxes, levies and taxes in the energy sector is urgently needed.