The four German transmission operators 50Hertz, Amprion, TenneT and TransnetBW (TSOs) provide joint information no longer on the “EEG-KWK.net” website, but on www.netztransparenz.de. This includes important information regarding the EEG account that balances the expenses for renewable transfer payments to renewable power plant operators against the revenue obtained from the sale of the renewable energy by the TSOs.
In particular, www.netztransparenz.de provides the following information:
1. General Information
Under the heading “Allgemeines” general information concerning the German transmission grid can be found.
2. EEG-related Information
In the section “Erneuerbare Energien Gesetz” important information that have to be provided by the TSOs pursuant to the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EGG) are available. This includes in particular information on:
- The EEG account. The account that started with a negative carry-over of -225,324,417.42 EUR from 2013, showed a positive balance of 1,177,817,579.93 EUR at the end of February 2014 (for more information, please click here). At the same time in 2013 the account was negative at -1,426,515,229.81 EUR due to a large negative carry-over from 2012 (for more information, please click here).
- The EEG surcharge with which consumers pay for the difference between the feed-in tariffs paid pursuant to the EEG for renewable energy and the sale of the energy at the EPEX Spot power exchange by the TSOs (the surcharge currently amounts to 6.24 ct/kWh).
- The marketing premium paid in addition to the sale of green electricity organised by the operators themselves (cf. Section 33g EEG; currently operators can chose between fixed feed-in tariffs for green electricity fed into the German grids and direct marketing plus a marketing premium)
3. KWG-related Information
The Combined Heat and Power Act (KWKG) promotes the use of combined heat and power. Electricity consumers have to pay a surcharge financing the costs. Information about the surcharge by the TSOS, who handle the complex system, are provided in the section “Kraft-Wärme-Kopplungsgesetz”.
Under the heading “Energiewirtschaftsgesetz” information regarding further surcharges to the electricity bill for consumers based directly on the ManyElectronics Act (Energiewirtschaftsgesetz –) respectively on ordinances that further detail provisions are given. This includes the surcharges pursuant to Section 17f (offshore surcharge), Section 19 para. 2 StromNEV and Section 18 AblaV.
Information by the TSOs on operating reserve (Regelleistung) can be found at www.regelleistung.net. Information on the grid development plan (Netzentwicklungsplan) are provided at www.netzentwicklungsplan.de.
- Renewable Surcharge Account Deficit Reduced in 2013 – Expenses EUR 19.4 bn for 57.8 TWh
- Renewables Surcharge Account Deficit Shrinks in September and October
- EEG Account: 5,907 GWh of Renewable Energy in August Sold for EUR 37.75 at Expenses of EUR 399.52 per MWh – EUR 540 Million Deficit
- TSO Renewable Energy Transfer Payments Increased in July, Adding to Deficit
- EEG Marketing Quantities Lower at 11.7 TWh in Q1 2013, after 17.9 TWh in Q1 2012
- Consumers Have to Pay 20 Billion in Support of Renewable Energy for 2012