BMWi Makes Comments on Draft EEG Reform Bill Available Online

The Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) has made 149 comments on its draft reform bill for the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) available online.

The comments were made by organisations ranging from large energy organisations such as the Federal Association of the Energy and Water Industry (BDEW) to the various trade organisations of the individual renewable energy sources, e.g. BSW Solar, associations representing energy-intensive companies and organisations not so evidently concerned with energy matters such as the Federation of German Food and Drink Industries (BVE). The statements were being evaluated and would be taken into consideration in further talks among the federal government until the two bills (on the EEG reform and a register of renewable energy installations) would be adopted by the government on 8 April 2014, BMWi said.

In a radio interview Economic Affairs and Energy Minister Sigmar Gabriel showed himself confident to overcome the contentious issue with the European Commission regarding the reduction of the surcharge for renewable energy (EEG surcharge) for energy-intensive companies until the end of March so that the bill amending the EEG can be passed on 8 April 2014.

In December last year, the European Commission opened an in-depth investigation to examine compliance of the EEG surcharge reduction with EU state aid rules (as well as compliance of the reduction on the EEG-surcharge granted to suppliers that source 50% of their electricity portfolio from domestic renewable electricity (“green electricity privilege”)).

Sources: BMWi; inforadio.de

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