Positive Renewable Surcharge Account Balance Rises Further – 17.7 TWh Renewables in First Four Months

Thanks to a monthly surplus of EUR 102,894,695.29 the positive balance on the Renewable Surcharge Account (EEG account) further rose to EUR 1,652,825,917.79 in April 2014, the four German transmission system operators (TSOs) informed. April’s generation from renewables was 5,136 GWh, bringing the 2014 total to 17,705 GWh so far.

After only a comparatively small negative carry-over of EUR -225,324,417.42 from 2013, the account has so far been positive in 2014. In 2013, 2012 and 2010 the account showed negative balances at the end of the respective years that were particularly high in 2012 and 2010. In contrast to the surplus of EUR 1.65 billion by end of April 2014, the EEG account recorded a negative balance of EUR  -385,273,688.86 in April 2013. The account then dipped further into the reds. The highest deficits were recorded in August and September 2013 (EUR -2,288,235,803.11 respectively -2,196,925,005.48). They were due in particular to high payments for solar input. Towards the end of the year EEG transfer payments were lower so that the deficit could be reduced to the aforementioned negative carry-over to 2014. The 2014 increase of the EEG surcharge from 5.277 to 6.24 ct/kWh has led to the current surplus of the EEG account, meaning that it is much better prepared for higher EEG-related transfer payments in the summer months.

In total renewable power in the amount of 5,136 GWh was fed into the grids and had to be sold by the TSOs at the EPEX Spot power exchange, less than a year before (April 2013: 5,555 GWh) and less than in March 2014 (5,409 GWh). Solar input marketed by the TSOs was the highest with 3,173 GWh, up slightly from 3,060 GWh in March 2014 (April 2013: 2,865 GWh). Wind power input sold by the TSOs further fell to 469 GWh (April 2013: 606 GWh), while input from other renewable energy sources more or less remained on the level of the previous months. In total, the first four months of 2014 brought 17,705 GWh from renewables, compared to 17,272 GWh in 2013.

The average price obtained by the TSOs at the power exchange in April 2014 amounted to EUR 33.05/MWh, up from EUR 27.07/MWh in February (January EUR 38.20/MWh, February EUR 35.64/MWh). In April 2013 the average price was EUR 38.90/MWh.

Under the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) renewable power input into the German grids is supported by transfer payments such as feed-in tariffs or direct marketing premiums paid in addition to the revenue obtained by the sale of renewable energy that is effected by renewable power plant operator themselves. The so-called EEG account balances the expenses for renewable transfer payments to renewable power plant operators against the revenue obtained from the sale of the renewable energy at the EPEX Spot power exchange by the TSOs and the so-called EEG surcharge, which electricity consumers have to pay in support of the EEG transfer payments.

Source: www.netztransparenz.de

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6 Responses to “Positive Renewable Surcharge Account Balance Rises Further – 17.7 TWh Renewables in First Four Months”


  • Willem Post

    The average price heavily-subsidized RE is sold at is about 3.5 eurocent/kWh in 2014, even less than the average of 5.06 eurocent/kWh of the past 6 years.

    Only Germany could afford such a folly.

    High Renewable Energy Costs: It is useful to look at the RE costs of Germany’s ENERGIEWENDE. For the years 2008 – 2013:

    ………………………………………..2008……..2009……2010……2011…….2012…….2013
    EEG generation, GWh……….71,148….75,377…..82,332…103,136…118,330…132,400
    EEG payments, b euro…………….9.0………10.8…….13.2……16.8………21.1…….22.9
    EEG cost, euro/kWh…………..0.1265….0.1433…..0.1603…0.1629….0.1783……0.1730
    EEG subsidies, b euro……………..0.0……….0.0………0.0……..1.1……….1.0………4.2
    EEG total, b euro……………………9.0………10.8…….13.2…….17.9……..22.1…….27.1
    EEG cost, euro/kWh……………0.1265….0.1433…..0.1603…0.1736….0.1868….0.2047
    EEG revenues, b euro………………4.3……….5.5………3.8……..4.7……….5.1………6.7
    EEG price, euro/kWh…………..0.0604….0.0730…..0.0462…0.0562….0.0431….0.0506

    Sold at about 0.0506/0.2047 = 1/4 of the cost in 2013.

    EEG surcharges, b euro………….4.7……….5.3………9.4………13.2…….17.0…….20.4

    Estimated at 23.6 b euro in 2014

    http://germanenergyblog.de/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/BT-Drs_18_242_EEG_Data.png

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