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Germany faces EU probe into renewable energy push: Report

Published on Jul 14, 2013 7:01 PM

FRANKFURT, Hesse (AFP) - Germany could face a probe into whether it has breached European Union (EU) competition rules by letting consumers partly foot the bill as it switches to renewable energy, Der Spiegel reported on Sunday.

After Japan's 2011 Fukushima nuclear accident, Chancellor Angela Merkel decided to phase out nuclear power by 2022, an about-turn that started with the immediate closure of the country's eight oldest plants.

Since then Germany has accelerated a boom in wind farms, solar power and biofuels, promoted by subsidies and legal reforms, with the goal of generating half of its electricity from renewables by 2030.

But the ambitious push is costly and has led to a hike in the price of electricity.

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