EAG EE Decision Including Solar Feed-in Tariff Reduction Scheduled for 24 February 2011

The Bundestag has scheduled it final second and third parliamentary reading of  the Europarechtsanpassungsgesetz für Erneuerbare Energien (EAG EE)  for 24 February 2011.  The EAG EE shall also contain the July/September reduction of solar feed-in tariffs.

The Europarechtsanpassungsgesetz für Erneuerbare Energien (EAG EE) originally covered the transposition of Directive 2009/28/EC on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources. It is expected that the cuts of solar feed-in tariffs, which the government recently approved, will be be added to this ongoing amendment. This would allow gaining quicker parliamentary approval. Half an hour has been allocated to this item on the agenda. However, the proposal for cuts of the solar feed-in tariffs on 1 July respectively 1 September 2011 does not yet figure on the internet pages of the Bundestag (German Parliament).

Details of the solar feed-in tariff cuts and the reduction of the green power privilege (Grünstromprivileg) for utilities are contained in a “wording-aid” of the Federal Cabinet (government) of 3 February 2011.  The wording aid is intended for the parliamentary groups of the ruling Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and Free Democratic Party (FDP) coalition. Its German text can be found here. Our blog post of 3 February 2011 provides a summary.

Aside from the solar feed-in tariff amendment, the EAG EE bill inter alia proposes to amend the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) as follows:

  • An electronic register shall be created, allowing to issue and administer guarantees of origin for electricity from renewables sources. It shall be run by the Federal Environment Agency;
  • Network operators shall be obliged to submit a schedule indicating the necessary information to process the request to third parties seeking access to their network;
  • The legal basis for the Ordinance on Sustainable Biomass shall be amended to allow social criteria for sustainability and aspects of legitimate protection of interests.

The EAG EE bill further suggests to change the Renewable Energies in the Heat Sector Promotion Act (Gesetz zur Förderung Erneuerbarer Energien im Wärmebereich – Erneuerbare-Energien-Wärmegesetz – EEWärmeG) so that it will contain an obligation to use a certain share of renewable energy as of 2012 in existing public buildings that are subject to major renovations.

Source: Deutscher Bundestag

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