Higher Fees for EEG Surcharge Reduction Applications for Energy Intensive Companies

The revision of the EEG 2014 leads to further changes for energy-intensive companies. Today the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) published a draft ordinance regarding the adjustment of fees for applications under the special equalisation scheme.

The special equalisation scheme (besondere Ausgleichsregelung) in the EEG provides for a reduction of the renewable surcharge (EEG surcharge) for energy intensive companies and railway operators. Within the ongoing revision of the EEG the special equalisation scheme will be fundamentally amended to ensure compliance with the EU Comission’s state aid guidelines for assessing public support in the field of energy and environment.

To benefit from the reductions of the EEG surcharge, the energy intensive companies and the railway operators have to file an application with the relevant authority, the Federal Office of Economics and Export Control (BAFA). The administrative costs for this application process have so far been  covered by fees which the applicants had to pay.

Due to the changes of the special equalization scheme, the administrative costs for the application process will increase. Because the new regulation requires a more detailed examination whether the applicants fulfill the criteria for a reduction. The BMWi estimates that the administrative costs will rise from EUR 7 million to EUR 12.5 million. Consequently the draft ordinance provides for an increase of the fees, so that the costs shall be borne by the future applicants. The principle that these companies which benefit most from the reduction have to bear the biggest part the costs continues to apply. In general the fees for energy intensive companies are higher than for railway operators.

The Federal States and the relevant associations can comment on the draft ordinance until 14 July 2014. The amendment shall enter into force in early August. Thus that the ordinance is scheduled to be in place for this year’s application process.

Source: BMWi

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