Amendment of Combined Heat and Power Act: More Fuel Cell Support?

The Federal Council (Bundesrat) has commented on the amendment of the Combined Heat and Power Act (KWKG), which the Federal Cabinet adopted in December 2011.

The Bundesrat wishes to promote the expansion of combined heat and power technology inter alia by increasing the financial support for fuel cells beyond the proposal of the government. Operators of fuel cells, which commenced continuous operation after 1 January 2009 and before 31 December 2020, shall receive a bonus of 7 ct/kWh on the KWK feed-in tariff for a duration of 10 years. Fuel cells with an electrical efficiency of over 50% shall even receive 9 ct/kWh.

On the other hand the Bundesrat dismisses the planned financial support for the retrofitting of steam networks (Heizdampfnetz) to hot water as too costly. The Federal Council points out that only few district heating companies would benefit.

Besides, the Federal Council commented on various technical details and issues regarding the eligibility of funding as well as the amount and duration of funding.

The Federal Council pointed out that the goal of a 25% share of electricity generated by CHP plants in 2020 will not be reached given the current financial support as an interim review recently revealed.

Last week the state of Hesse announced to launch a financial support scheme worth EUR 600,000 over 3 years for micro CHP plants for single family and two-family houses.

Source: Bundesrat; State of Hesse

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