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Energy transition

The energy transition will only succeed if the interests of consumers are better taken into account. Surveys commissioned by the Federation of German Consumer Organisations (Verbraucherzentrale Bundesverband – vzbv) show that the majority of consumers support the measures of the energy transition. However, they want financial relief and need incentives to integrate climate-friendly measures into their everyday lives.

The expansion of renewable energy sources (RES) is a cornerstone of the energy transition, along with energy efficiency and digitalisation. In the electricity sector, the expansion costs are immediately visible through the RES levy (“EEG-Umlage”).

A fair distribution of costs between consumers and industry is crucial for the success of the energy transition. Financial incentives can be created by supporting self-production of electricity by tenants and other residents of apartment buildings as well as promoting the refurbishment of residential buildings to make them more energy-efficient. The burden of any CO2 pricing must not be borne by consumers only.

vzbv demands

  • increasing the renewable energy generation in a  cost-effective but ambitious manner , in accordance with the climate objectives of the Paris Climate Agreement
  • sufficient incentives for consumers to generate, store and consume electricity from renewable sources
  • better opportunities for residents near wind power plants to benefit financially from them, e.g. through regional electricity tariffs
  • attractive offers for tenants and other residents of apartment buildings in cities to generate their own electricity
  • a fair and transparent distribution of costs between industry, business and private consumers

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Reform of the EU Energy TaxationDirective | Position Paper of vzbv | 25 March 2021

Reform of the EU Energy TaxationDirective | Position Paper of vzbv | 25 March 2021

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Revision of the Environmental and Energy State Aid Guidelines | Position Paper of vzbv | 11 January 2021

Revision of the Environmental and Energy State Aid Guidelines | Position Paper of vzbv | 11 January 2021

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EU carbon border adjustment mechanism from a consumer perspective | vzbv Position | 1 October 2020

EU carbon border adjustment mechanism from a consumer perspective | vzbv Position | 1 October 2020

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Sector coupling in the heating sector | Short paper by vzbv | 6 June 2019

Sector coupling in the heating sector | Short paper by vzbv | 6 June 2019

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