BAFA: EEG Surcharge Reduction Application Quantity Slightly Down

On 30 September 2014 the deadline for submitting applications for a reduction of the surcharge promoting renewable energy sources in Germany (“EEG-surcharge”) by energy-intensive companies and rail operators ended. The total amount of energy for which applications have been submitted, fell slightly from 119,3 TWh in 2014 to 117,8 TWh, the Federal Office of Economics and Export Control (BAFA) informed. With the reform of the Renewable Energy Source Act that entered into force on 1 August 2014, the requirements had been tightened.

BAFA published the following table on the development of applications in the years 2013 to 2015. It pointed out that the applications for 2015 had not yet been reviewed. Hence the figures for 2015 were subject to change. The office said it expected to issue decisions on the limitation of the EEG surcharge by the end of the year.

Applications 2013 2014 2015
Companies 2000 2316 2329
Railroad operators 56 73 123
Delivery points 3219 3414 3268
Amount of electricity 107,4 TWh 119,3 TWh 117,8 TWh

The amendment of  the so-called special equalization scheme (Besondere Ausgleichsregelung) providing for EEG surcharge reductions under the EEG 2014 for energy-intensive companies and railroad operators was the result of intensive talks with the European Commission in a commercially most relevant area (regarding the reductions in 2014 please see here; regarding the Commission’s EEG surcharge state aid in-depth investigation please see here). The special equalization scheme has therefore become even more complex than under the EEG 2012.

For more information, please see our Overview on the Renewable Energy Sources Act.

Source: BAFA

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