Storage Federation Welcomes Demands by Federal Council to Extend Grid Fee Exemption for Storage Facilities

In a statement made concerning a bill submitted by the government amending various laws concerning power line extension, the Federal Council (Bundesrat) proposed to also extend grid fee exemptions for storage facilities. The German Federation for Energy Storage (BVES) welcomed the move, but called it not far-reaching enough.

Bundesrat proposed to amend Section 118 para. 6 EnWG (German Energy Act) so that new electricity storage facilities that are commissioned within a 15-year period starting (retroactively) on 4 August 2011 will be exempt from grid fees for a period of 40 years (Currently Section 118 para. 6 EnWG provides for a 20-year exemption). Pumped-storage plants for which pump or turbine capacity increases by at least 7.5% or whose storage capacity increases by at least 5% after 4 August 2011 shall be exempt for 20 instead of 10 years.

Although BVES generally welcomed the Bundesrat proposal, it called it not far-reaching enough. Pumped-storage plants could not easily increase storage, pump or turbine capacity, the association said. Oftentimes this would be prevented by permitting regulations or technical and geological reasons. Besides the proposal only helped in case of modernisation and new pumped-storage plants, but did not cover existing plants. The association emphasised that German pumped-storage plants with a total capacity of about 7,000 MW helped to balance the German energy system and secure supply every day. Therefore BVES called for a total exemption from fees also for existing plants, pointing out that the plants provided power to final consumers who also have to pay grid fees so that the charges were levied twice.

Source: BundesratBVES

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