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EEG 2.0: Bundestag Expert Hearing On Revision of Renewable Energy Sources Act – Including Live Broadcast

Today and on Wednesday the Parliament Committee for Economics and Energy is hearing experts regarding the government’s bill for a reform of the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) [1] and government’s supplementary bill regarding the special equalisation scheme for the EEG surcharge regime for energy and trading intensive companies [2]. The hearing is broadcast live on the parliamentary television channel, on the internet (www.bundestag.de) and on mobile terminals.

1. Agenda

Today ten experts will be heard regarding the following matters:

The industry privilege and the privilege for self-generated and self-consumed power will also be the topic of the hearing scheduled for Wednesday 12 p.m. to 14 p.m., where another eleven experts will be heard.

2. EEG Reform Bill

The EEG reform bill (ref. no. 18/1304 [3]) aims to further develop an energy supply without nuclear power and a growing share of renewable energy sources, while curbing the rising costs for renewable growth and limiting electricity costs for consumers, in particular by keeping the EEG surcharge stable. To this end renewable growth shall be kept in check by so-called expansion corridors. Besides, the level of financial support shall be determined by auctions by 2017 at the latest. Furthermore, direct marketing of renewable energy shall be made the rule for new renewable power plants (exceptions apply). For more information on the bill, please click here [1].

3. Bill Regarding the Special Equalisation Scheme for the EEG Surcharge Regime Relating to Energy and Trading-intensive Companies

The separate bill on a special equalisation scheme regulating the possibility of energy and trading-intensive companies to apply for reductions of the EEG surcharge is technically a separate bill (for the reasons, please see here [4]), but forms part of the EEG overhaul. Hence, experts will also be heard on this matter. The government announced to merge the bills.

Pursuant to the bill, companies from sectors named as energy and trading-intensive by the EU and figuring on one of two lists shall be eligible to submit applications for a reduction of the EEG surcharge if the ratio of electricity costs to gross value added at factor costs exceeds certain minimum thresholds.

4. Experts Heard

The list of experts heard comprises in particular representatives of the regulator, the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA), energy and industry associations (BDEW, BEE, BBE, Bündnis Bürgerenergie, BDI, DIHK, VDMA, VCI), trade associations (DGB), economic and energy-related research institutes (RWI, EWI, DLR, Öko-Institut). Renewable power plant operators are represented by ARGE Netz [5], ENERTRAG [6] and juwi AG [7]. The interests of the transmission system operators are represented by 50Hertz Transmission GmbH [8]. Conventional power plant operators are represented by Statkraft Markets GmbH [9].

For some summary information on the EEG 2.0 revision, you might also find our EEG 2.0 webinar this Thursday at 15:00 CEST interesting [10].

Source: Bundestag [11]; Documents Expert Hearing 02.06.2014 [12]

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