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Energy Positions in Pre-Election Television Debate Between Chancellor Merkel and Social Democrat Opponent Peer Steinbrück

Last night the four television channels ARD, ZDF, RTL and ProSieben broadcast the only television debate between Conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) and her main opponent Peer Steinbrück from the Social Democratic Party (SPD) before the federal election on 22 September 2013.

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2013 German Election Energy Party Profiles – Part 2: Future of the EEG Surcharge and Electricity Tax

We continue our series on the competing parties’ agendas for the upcoming federal elections by focusing on the discussion who actually should be burdened with the costs of the “Energiewende”. This includes whether and which types of customers should be exempt therefrom with regard to international competition, and whether or not the increasing costs in particular resulting from EEG surcharge, but also of the extension of the grid, should be set off by reducing the electricity tax. As we have pointed out in the first blog of this series, the cost aspect has become an increasingly controversial issue over the last two years.

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Parliament: Energy Tax Reductions for the German Industry Remain in Force

Yesterday, the Bundestag voted in favour of a bill keeping up energy tax deductions for the German industry until 2022.

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Lower Increase of Energy and Electricity Tax?

After Chancellor Merkel had announced a review of the governments plans to revoke tax exemptions for the manufacturing industry with respect to the Electricity Tax Act (Stromsteuergesetz – StromStG) and the Energy Tax Act (Energiesteuergesetz – EnergieStG) in late September, Frankfurter Allgemeine and Focus report that the government agreed on a lower increase of the energy and electricity tax as previously planned. Tax losses shall be compensated by an increase of the tobacco tax.

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Government Reconsidering Plans to Increase Energy and Electricity Taxes

The government’s recent austerity package contained plans to increase the energy and electricity tax by revoking exemptions. This plan may be softened, Chancellor Merkel announced at an event organized by Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie (Umbrella Organization of German Industry – BDI).

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Cabinet Passes Austerity Package, Takes Note of Nuclear Fuel Rod Tax Proposal

The German Cabinet today passed its “Future Package” (Zukunftspaket). This Future Package is the austerity package with a volume of about EUR 80 billion until 2014. The controversial proposal for a Nuclear Fuel Rod Tax (Kernbrennstoffsteuergesetz) was only taken note of, and shall be decided upon as part of the Energy Concept on 28 September.

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Chancellor Merkel Says No to Plans for Electricity Input Tax

A number of papers report that Chancellor Angela Merkel herself stopped plans to introduce a second electricity tax in the form of an electricity input tax levied on the electricity generation based on fossil energy sources. This comes very shortly after Rheinische Post reported such plans.

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Government Allegedly Plans to Introduce Electricity Input Tax

The German government reportedly plans to introduce a second electricity tax in the form of an electricity input tax.  In that context, it plans to revoke a tax exemption included in the Electricity Tax Act (Stromsteuergesetz – StromStG) pertaining to the generation of electricity. In return, the tax privileges for energy intensive companies pursuant to the Electricity Tax Act shall not be cut as drastically as previously envisaged, writes Rheinische Post (RP).

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Plans to Increase Energy and Electricity Tax

In an effort to reduce subsidies, the finance ministry is planning to reduce electricity and energy tax reductions, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) reports. According to the paper, the finance ministry has sent a draft bill amending the Electricity Tax Act (Stromsteuergesetz – StromStG) and the Energy Tax Act (Energiesteuergesetz – EnergieStG) to the other ministries involved.

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Contracting Structures to Reduce Energy Taxes Under Criticism

By outsourcing their energy supply to contractors, many German companies benefit from tax breaks with respect to energy taxes like the electricity tax (Stromsteuer) and the mineral oil tax (Mineralölsteuer). The underlying contracting structures are increasingly criticised. Continue reading ‘Contracting Structures to Reduce Energy Taxes Under Criticism’