Due to the smallest monthly surplus this year (EUR 37,707,689.59) the positive balance on the Renewable Surcharge Account (EEG account) further rose to in May 2014, the four German transmission system operators (TSOs) informed. Compared with May 2013 costs for transfer payments to renewable power plant operators, i.e. feed-in tariffs or direct marketing premiums, were almost 25% higher.
In total renewable power in the amount of 5,663GWh was fed into the grids and had to be sold by the TSOs at the EPEX Spot power exchange, less than a year before (May 2013: 5,906 GWh), but more than in April 2014 (5,136 GWh). Solar input marketed by the TSOs was the highest with 3,747 GWh, up from 3,173 GWh in April 2014 (May 2013: 3,315 GWh). Wind power input sold by the TSOs increased to 526 GWh (April 2014: 457 GWh; May 2013: 500 GWh), while input from other renewable energy sources more or less remained on the level of the previous months. The first five months of 2014 saw total renewable input of 23,368 GWh, compared to 23,178 GWh in 2013.
The average price obtained by the TSOs at the power exchange in May 2014 dropped from EUR 33.05/MWh in April to EUR 28.31/MWh (January EUR 38.20/MWh, February EUR 35.64/MWh, March EUR 27.07/MWh). In May 2013 the average price was EUR 32.57/MWh.
So far EEG costs in the EEG surcharge account add up to EUR 8,662,143,746.86 by end of May 2014. Compared with costs of EUR 6,945,891,682.14 at the same time in 2013, this means that costs have risen by almost 25%. The coming months – with its weather – will show whether or to what extent the positive balance of EUR 1,690,533,607.38, will be enough to cover costs, which can be expected to rise in the summer months due to more solar input.
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.
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