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German Consumers Face Gas-Bill Surge With Move to Pass On Costs

  • Government will end its efforts to shield consumers in October
  • Levy for higher costs could amount to 1,000 euros per year

German households will have to start paying an energy levy this fall, adding as much as 1,000 euros ($1,020) per year to the cost of living following Russia’s moves to squeeze gas deliveries. 

Starting in October, utilities will be able to pass along costs for offsetting missing Russian supplies. The government, which had tried to shield consumers from turmoil in energy markets, will present the necessary decree on Thursday.