Special Report - Energy prices - Rising cost burden

It's not just the cost of energy that is making German industry howl in protest. Government energy policy has created a huge financial burden in terms of higher eco-taxes, climate protection and transmission grid costs, on top of a cartelised domestic energy market, which is undermining German industry's competitiveness both inside and outside the EU, executives claim.

Electricity prices have more than doubled since 2001, including a price rise of more than 50% in the past year alone. With po