Roesler Says Germany Must Avoid Increasing Renewable Energy Aid

German Economy Minister Philipp Roesler said the country must seek to avoid increasing the rate power consumers pay to subsidize renewable energy output so as to keep household and company energy bills “affordable.”

The ministry distributed Roesler’s comments in an e-mailed statement today.

Germany’s Federal Network Agency said earlier today that the component in the bills of electricity consumers will rise “slightly” to 3.592 euro cents a kilowatt-hour in 2012 from 3.53 cents this year.

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