Energy Subsidies in Germany

The German government has provided far more funding for fossil fuel and nuclear research and development than it has for renewable energies.

Conventional electricity generation has enjoyed 6.5 times more financial support from the German state than renewable energies of all types. Imagine how much better the health, environment, and economic situation of Germany would have been if this had been reversed.

Energy subsidies in Germany from 1970 – 2014

Energy typeSubsidies /billion Euro
Lignite (brown coal)95
Anthracite (hard coal)327
Total coal422
Total nuclear/coal641

Source: Was Strom wirklich kostet, FÖS (Forum Ökologisch-Soziale Marktwirtschaft, 2015,