BNetzA Consultation on Sale of EEG Electricity by Transmission System Operators

Since 1 January 2010 the four German transmission system operators (TSO) sell electricity from renewable energy sources for which fixed feed-in tariffs are paid in accordance with the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) at the spotmarket of the EEX electricity exchange. The Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) is currently in the process of drafting an evaluation report on the Equalisation Scheme Ordinance (AusglMechV), which forms the legal basis for the EEG electricity sale at the EEX. As the AusglMechV also provides for the possibility to assign third parties with the sale of the EEG electricity, the agency has started a consultation process.

Market participants are invited to submit comments by 4 October 2011 on an expert opinion BNetzA has published on its web pages.

The expert opinion by Frontier Economics and Formaet Services comes to the conclusion that there is no clear indication that a third party sale of EEG electricity would show improved results compared with the current system whereby the TSO sell the electricity at the EEX. The consultants therefore recommend to carry out pilot projects focusing on the areas where the greatest potential of benefits are seen, such as system efficiency, distributive effects and the possibility to sell at the market for futures.

Source: Federal Network Agency

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