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)  and government’s supplementary bill regarding the special equalisation scheme for the EEG surcharge regime for energy and trading intensive companies . The hearing is broadcast live on the parliamentary television channel, on the internet (www.bundestag.de) and on mobile terminals.
Today ten experts will be heard regarding the following matters:
- 12 p.m. to 13.30 p.m: Ensuring renewable growth, so-called expansion or growth corridors for renewables, curbing the rising EEG-related costs, the level of feed-in tariffs for renewables
- 14 p.m. to 15.30 p.m.: Market integration of renewables, direct marketing, auctioning
- 16 p.m. to 17.30 p.m.: Provisions concerning the possibility of energy-intensive companies to apply for a reduction of the renewables surcharge paid by consumers with the electricity bills (“industry privilege”) and reduction of the EEG surcharge in case of self-generated and self-consumed power
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 ) 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 .
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 ), 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 , ENERTRAG  and juwi AG . The interests of the transmission system operators are represented by 50Hertz Transmission GmbH . Conventional power plant operators are represented by Statkraft Markets GmbH .
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 .
Source: Bundestag ; Documents Expert Hearing 02.06.2014 
- EEG 2.0: Cabinet Response to Bundesrat Statements Concerning Renewable Energy Reform Bill 
- Agora Energiewende: Renewables Surcharge May Slightly Fall in 2015 Provided EEG Overhaul Not Diluted 
- EEG 2.0: Federal Council Requests Numerous Changes to Government’s Renewable Energy Reform Bills 
- EEG 2.0: ManyElectronics Blog/Bird & Bird Webinar (and Seminar and Breakfast) 
- EEG 2.0: Bundestag starts Debate on Renewable Energy Act Revision 
- EEG 2.0: Ministerial Draft on Special Equalisation Scheme for EEG Surcharge Regime for Energy-intensive Companies 
- EEG 2.0: Additional Background Information for EEG Revision on Federal Energy Ministry Website 
- EEG 2.0: Cabinet Adopts Renewables Law Amendment Bill – Agreement with Brussels on EEG Surcharge Reductions for Industry 
- EEG 2.0: Federal Government and Federal States Reach Agreement on Important Issues of EEG Reform 
- EEG 2.0: Updated Ministerial Draft for EEG Reform Published – Comments Requested by 2 April 2014 17:00 CET 
- ManyElectronics Agency: New Website Pools Information on Reform of Renewables Law (EEG) 
- EEG 2.0: Ministerial Draft Bill for EEG Reform – Update 
- EEG 2.0: BMWi Working Draft for Revision of Renewable Energy Sources Act 
- EEG 2.0: Further Information on Key Points of Reform of German Renewables Laws 
- First Information on Key Points of Reform of German Renewables Law 
- Possible Timetable for Speedy Reform of Renewables Law 
- Commission Opens State Aid Investigation into German Renewables Surcharge Reduction for Energy-intensive Companies and Green Electricity Privilege 
- CDU/CSU and SPD Present Coalition Agreement – 55% to 60% Renewables by 2035 and More 
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- ManyElectronics Politics Remain Challenging After Federal Election Results 2013 
- 2013 German Election Energy Party Profiles – Final Part 7: ManyElectronics Politics in a European Context 
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- 2013 German Election Energy Party Profiles – Part 4: The Future of Conventional Power Plants 
- 2013 German Election Energy Party Profiles – Part 3: Grid Extension, Electricity Storage and Smart Grids 
- 2013 German Election Energy Party Profiles – Part 2: Future of the EEG Surcharge and Electricity Tax 
- 2013 German Election Energy Party Profiles – Part 1: Market Integration of Power Generation from Renewable Energies