The EU’s General Court today sided with the Commission’s view that the EEG 2012 involved state aid. It rejected Germany’s arguments to the contrary, seeking annulment of a Commission decision of 25 November 2014 on a scheme for the support of renewable electricity and of energy-intensive users.
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On 2 February 2015 the German government took legal action against a decision by the European Commission of 25 November 2014. The decision qualified the Renewable Energy Sources Act 2012 (EEG 2012) as state aid, but for the most part found it to be in line with EU state aid rules. The government is seeking clarification whether the EEG 2012 constitutes state aid as well as on the interpretation of the term state aid under European law as such. The amendment of the EEG 2012, the EEG 2014 that has been in force since 1 August 2014 and was approved by the Commission in July 2014, is not part of the legal action.
Following an in-depth investigation, the European Commission announced yesterday that aid granted under the German Renewable Resources Act of 2012 (EEG 2012) was in line with EU state aid rules. The Commission also approved the majority of reductions granted to energy-intensive companies on the surcharge paid by end consumers to finance the support for renewables (EEG-surcharge). As the Commission found a limited portion of the reductions exceeding what is permitted under EU state aid rules, the Commission ordered a partial recovery for the years 2013 and 2014. The Commission, which had already approved most parts of the EEG revision that entered into force on 1 August 2014, also approved the EEG 2014 for the railway sector.
The new EEG 2.0 introduces new provisions on the regular monthly reduction of support for PV installations as of 1 August 2014. For September we will have a fixed degression of 0.5%. As of 1 October degression will be modified quarterly based on the installed capacity of PV installations in relation to the new target corridor.
In light of the new EEG 2014, we have added two pages with the 2014 feed-in tariffs. One is showing the figures from the EEG 2012 for January to July 2014, and the other the EEG 2014 figures from August 2014 onwards.
The Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Protection and Nuclear Safety (BMU) recently published information on tariffs, degression rates and sample calculations for the upcoming EEG 2012 in English.