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BDEW Highlights Changes for Electricity Customers in 2013, Including Several Rising Surcharges

The Federal Association of the Energy and Water Industry (BDEW) pointed out the changes 2013 brings for electricity customers. This covers in particular rising surcharges like the EEG surcharge, the grid charge reallocation charge, the CHP surcharge, and the new offshore liability charge.

On 1 January 2013 the latest amendment of the ManyElectronics Act (EnWG) entered into force. It introduces a new offshore liability surcharge (cf. Section 17f). It covers offshore liability risks of offshore power plant operators which can be passed on by the grid operators to end consumers under certain conditions. The surcharge for “group A” end consumers with a consumption up to 100,000 kWh at an individual point of delivery amounts to 0.250 ct/kWh. It falls to 0.025 ct/kWh for “group C” end consumers (for more information, please see here) [1].

The surcharge which reallocates lost grid charges due to exemptions for energy-intensive companies pursuant to Section 19 para. 2 sent. 2 Electricity Grid Charges Ordinance (StromNEV) doubles to 0.329 ct/kWh, while the surcharge for combined heat and power according to the Combined Heat and Power Act (KWKG) rises to 0.126 ct/kWh for end consumers with a consumption up to 100,000 kWh at an individual point of delivery. In addition the EEG surcharge increases by almost 47% to 5.277 ct/kWh in 2013. With said surcharge consumers pay for the difference between the fixed feed-in tariffs paid pursuant to the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) for renewable energy fed into the grids and the sale of the renewable energy at the EEX energy exchange by the transmission system operators.

BDEW again pointed out that due to the surcharges mandated by the above-mentioned laws, the “state-induced” share of the electricity bill will mount to over EUR 30 billion for consumers.

In order to provide more incentives for electric cars and reach the government target of one million electric cars on German roads by 2020, the Motor Vehicle Tax Act (KraftStG) was modified. The amendment extends the previously applicable 5-year tax exemption for electric passenger cars to a 10-year period for all electric cars registered between 18 May 2011 and 31 December 2015. All electric cars registered between 1 January 2016 and 31. December 2020 will benefit from a 5-year tax exemption.

Since 2010 a guideline [2] accompanying Commission Regulation (EC) No 1275/2008 of 17 December 2008 implementing the Ecodesign Directive 2005/32/EC (now Directive 2009/125/EC) sets off-mode and stand-by mode requirements limiting the consumption for all products falling under its scope. As of 7 January 2013 these limits halve (e.g. 1W for appliances with display in stand-by mode). Products that are already in the shops may still be sold. In view of the electricity costs for appliances in stand-by mode, BDEW advises to ask for the energy-efficiency of products prior to a purchase.

Source: BDEW [3]

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