Federal Network Agency Starts Consultation on Updated Guideline for EEG Feed-in Management

The Federal Network Agency has launched a consultation on an updated version of its guideline concerning the feed-in management pursuant to the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) last week, asking market participants to comment until 15 August 2013. The paper provides guidance regarding the compensation for feed-in management measures by the grid operators and the consideration as grid costs.

Section 11 EEG provides for a feed-in management of renewable power plants, mine gas and combined heat and power plants that enables grid operators to curtail input to overcome grid bottlenecks. Section 12 para. 1 EEG stipulates that the power plant operators have to be compensated for 95 % of their lost income as well as for additional expenses, but less any expenses saved. However, the EEG does not further specify how the compensation is calculated.

The BNetzA paper therefore gives guidance on how to implement Sections 11 and 12 EEG. The update differs from the first version issued mainly insofar as it

  • was updated so as to comply with the amendment of the EEG that entered into force on 1 January 2012 and the 2011 amendment of the ManyElectronics Act (EnWG);
  • not only contains updated recommendations on how to calculate compensation for wind power, but also for biomass, biogas and photovoltaic power plants, which have increasingly been subject to feed-in management measures.

BNetzA said it reserved the right to set out rules for compensation payments for other energy sources at a later date and would also amend the chapter on the chronological order in which feed-in management measures are carried out at a later date.

Source: Federal Network Agency

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