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Poll: Germans support abandoning nuclear power, despite extra cost

The government is increasing a surcharge on electricity bills to fund the development of alternative energy.

A file photo of the Biblis nuclear power plant in Hesse, Germany. The government is increasing a surcharge on electricity bills to fund development of sustainable sources.
A file photo of the Biblis nuclear power plant in Hesse, Germany. The government is increasing a surcharge on electricity bills to fund development of sustainable sources.
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A new poll finds that a large majority of Germans back the government’s decision to phase out nuclear power and switch to renewable energies within a decade, despite rising electricity bills.

The poll for German news magazine Focus published today found that 72 per cent continue to support the country’s energy switchover.

Only 24 per cent were opposed to the policy.

Germany’s grid operators announced earlier this month that a surcharge on households’ electricity prices financing the expansion of renewable energies will increase by 47 per cent starting in January.

A typical family of four will then have to pay about €250 per year on top of their bill.

Polling agency Forsa surveyed 1,000 people this week. Focus did not provide the poll’s margin of error.

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