EEG 2.0 – Something to Run Away From?

The EEG 2.0 reform package is a difficult piece of legislation. Anecdotal evidence is starting to suggest that the new version will be difficult to master. So difficult that one of our energy sector group student interns has already decided to end his internship. He is now considering a military career.

I wonder how many of the MPs that today voted on the EEG would also have liked to run away from it.  And how many think that the reform actually resolves all major open issues. We’ll see if anyone will also opt for a military career.

The reform package was definitely too much for our intern.  This Tuesday morning, I suggested to our intern to assist in updating a presentation on the EEG 2.0 reform. To that end, I gave him a presentation on the EEG 2014 reform project that I had prepared for a webinar on 5 June. And I had asked him to see what was publicly available on the latest changes in EEG reform project, as in the morning the Bundestag’s Committee for Economic Affairs and Energy had cancelled its press conference. It should have provided information on what changes the Committee proposed for today’s Bundestag vote. I also suggested to our intern to have a look at what he has learnt about the legislative procedure in school. 24 hours later, he decided that he had chosen the wrong internship.

I am now updating the presentation myself.  And even for me it is difficult to understand all of its implications. The problem is, except for a few interns, nobody can run away from the EEG project. We need to make it work. Which means that we will surely see a 2.1 version of the EEG soon. And depending on where the European law decisions of the European Commission and the European courts go, an EEG 3.0 may not be too far away either. Which will keep the energy lawyers and many others running at full throttle.

Sources: Too many

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11 Responses to “EEG 2.0 – Something to Run Away From?”


  • It reminds me of the song: “We have only just began”.
    The Energiewende has grown from a can of worms to a barrel of worms.

  • Thanks!

  • Mikko Tuovinen

    If you need a legal intern, who would kill for an internship like that, send me an email 🙂 I think Ålansvindkraft will be decided next week…

  • Mutthias Leng

    Thanks. Why don’t you send me an e-mail and we’ll see if we can organise something. And yes, Ålands Vindkraft is on the Court’s agenda for next week, with my Swedish colleagues in the front row. It’ll be the most important renewables decision after the 2001 PreussenElektra case. An may well lead to a major EEG revision very soon…

  • That anecdote pretty much sums it up 🙂
    But I would look at it from a positive side. Some interns in the financial industries work themselves literally to death. At least you were spared the bad publicity…

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