The German transmission system operators (TSOs) have published figures for a new offshore wind power surcharge to be borne by electricity consumers as of 1 January 2013, subject to the condition that the current draft offshore bill amending the ManyElectronics Act (EnWG) will enter into force. The draft offshore bill would allow the TSOs under certain conditions to pass on compensation payments to wind park owners for grid connection delays and disruptions of power lines to the electricity consumers.
Section 17 f para. 5 of the amending bill stipulates that the TSOs are entitled to levy a surcharge on the grid charges for compensation payments. The payments are subject to a detailed liability scheme laid down in the bill (not in case of willful misconduct; limitations apply in case of negligence, etc.). The draft provision lays down maximum surcharges that depend on the consumption and stipulates that the surcharge for 2013 is equal to the maximum rates.
In accordance with the above provision the TSOs have published the following preliminary surcharges:
- 0.250 ct/kWh for “group A” end consumers with a consumption of up to 1,000,000 kWh at an individual point of delivery;
- 0.050 ct/kWh for “group B” end consumers: end consumers, whose consumption at a point of delivery exceeds 1,000,000 kWh have to pay the afore-mentioned amount for electricity exceeding 1,000,000 kWh;
- 0.025 ct/kWh for “group C” end consumers: end consumers, whose consumption at a point of delivery exceeds 1,000,000 kWh and whose electricity costs in the previous year exceeded 4% of the turnover, have to pay the afore-mentioned amount for electricity exceeding 1,000,000 kWh.
Based on the publication, the TSOs assume that the offshore surcharge will reach the cap provided for in the draft bill.
As the offshore bill is still only a draft and has not yet been decided by Parliament, the TSOs stress that the figures for the offshore surcharge are preliminary and remain subject to changes in the parliamentary process.
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