EEG 2014 Installation Register Ordinance Promulgated – BNetzA to Start New Registration Portal

Today the Ordinance on a Register of Installations for Generation of Electricity from Renewable Energies and Mine Gas (AnlRegV) has been promulgated in the Federal Law Gazette. AnlRegV forms part of the reform of the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) that entered into force on 1 August 2014 (EEG 2014 or EEG 2.0). It shall help to monitor and steer renewable growth in line with the EEG 2014.

AnlRegV will enter into force to tomorrow. The register will be maintained by the Federal Network Agency, which will start a new registration portal. The register will record information on the commissioning, expansion and decommissioning of renewable power plants in the sense of the EEG as well as plant-related data, including information on the location, the renewable power source and technical parameters. The collection and update of the data shall help to manage renewable growth in a fact-based way and provide transparency for the public.

BNetza has already been operating a registration portal for solar power plants in the past. Depending on the registered solar growth exceeding or falling below the growth targets set out in the EEG financial support for solar power plants was calculated under the EEG 2012. This procedure will continue under the EEG 2014 (cf. Sections 51 and 31 EEG). The EEG 2014 has also introduced growth targets for wind power and biomass (cf. Section 2 EEG 2014). Financial support for biomass and onshore wind power will now also depend on compliance with targets (cf. Sections 28 and 29 EEG 2014).

With very few exceptions new plants starting operations as of 1 August 2014 have to be registered (including plants that do not receive financial support under Section 19 EEG 2014, cf. Section 3 para. 1 AnlRegV). Financial support under the EEG 2014 depends on the registration (cf. Section 25 para. 1 nos. 1 and 2 EEG 2014).

Existing plants (only) have to be registered in certain cases laid down in Section 6 AnlRegV, including in particular an increase or decrease of the installed capacity and the decommissioning of the plant.

The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy pointed out that in the long-term the register shall be expanded to a central database, which includes not only data on renewable power plants, but also anonymised data of conventional power plants, storage plants as well as controllable consumer installations (steuerbare Verbrauchseinrichtungen). An ordinance regulating the matter shall be presented following the entry into force of the EEG 2014.

Source: Federal Law Gazette; BMWi

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