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Agora Energiewende: Renewables Surcharge May Slightly Fall in 2015 Provided EEG Overhaul Not Diluted

The renewables surcharge (EEG-Umlage) paid by electricity consumers may slightly fall from 6.24 ct/kWh in 2014 to a range of 5.8 to 6.2 ct/kWh in 2015 (depending on the electricity prices at the exchange and wind and solar power production in summer 2014), the energy think tank, Agora Energiewende said. This would, however, only be the case if no costly amendments were made in the ongoing legislative process concerning a revision of the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) aimed to cutting costs, Agora’s director Dr. Patrick Graichen stressed.

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EEG 2.0: Bundestag starts Debate on Renewable Energy Act Revision

After the Cabinet has today completed its proposal for the revision of the German Renewable Energies Act (EEG 2014) with a proposal for the special equalisation scheme, Minister Sigmar Gabriel presented some key elements of the bill during a question session in the Bundestag. The formal debate of the EEG 2.0 bill will start Thursday, 8 May 2014 at 9:00, and will be broadcast live over the internet on parliamentary TV.

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New European Guidelines on State Aid for Environmental Protection and Energy 2014-2020 Allow Burden Reduction for Energy Intensive Sectors

The European Commission has today released its state aid guidelines for assessing public support projects in the field of energy and the environment for the period 2014 to 2020. Under the new regime the German government shall be able to largely uphold reductions on the EEG surcharge, though reductions will have to be scaled back and can only be granted to a more limited group of companies.

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EEG 2.0: Cabinet Adopts Renewables Law Amendment Bill – Agreement with Brussels on EEG Surcharge Reductions for Industry

In line with the schedule set by Energy Minister Sigmar Gabriel (SPD), the government today adopted today the bill amending the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG). It is officially intended to cut costs for the support renewables as of 1 August 2014 by subjecting renewable energy sources to market forces to a greater extent, while ensuring continued renewable growth. The bill does not yet contain provisions on EEG reductions for energy-intensive industries, which had been discussed with the Commission in Brussels. Agreement had been reached late last night, Minister Gabriel informed.

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German Energy Agency: New Website Pools Information on Reform of Renewables Law (EEG)

The Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) is in the process of being revised. The German Energy Agency (dena) will make the process more transparent by pooling the most important information concerning the reform, i.e. draft bills, press releases, studies, surveys and comments, on the internet site “www.effiziente-energiesysteme.de”.

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BMWi Makes Comments on Draft EEG Reform Bill Available Online

The Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) has made 149 comments on its draft reform bill for the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) available online.

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Will Bavarian EEG Demands and Status of Talks with Commission Affect EEG Reform Schedule?

The conservative CSU government of Bavaria adopted a list of demands for the reform of the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) that differs from the reform proposal presented by Social Democrat Energy Minister Sigmar Gabriel, Süddeutsche Zeitung (SZ) writes. Besides, talks between Mr Gabriel and EU Competition Commissionar Joaquin Almunia on the future of the reductions granted to energy-intensive companies on the surcharge promoting renewable energy sources in Germany (“EEG-surcharge”) were stalled, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) reports. This may affect the schedule for the adoption of the EEG amendment, envisaged for 8 April 2014 by Minster Gabriel.

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Initiativkreis Ruhr Committed to Energiewende, But Demands Adjustments

Initiativkreis Ruhr (IR), an association of 66  leading companies in the Ruhr area (Ruhrgebiet) handed over an update of a position paper on the German energy transition towards a mainly renewable energy supply (Energiewende) to Federal Economic Affairs and and Energy Minister Sigmar Gabriel on 8 March 2014. “We are committed to the Energiewende”, Dr. Klaus Engel, head of  IR, said. “For our companies to be able to influence and shape the Energiewende without falling victim, we believe adjustments are necessary”, he added.

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EEG 2.0: Ministerial Draft Bill for EEG Reform – Update

The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (“BMWi”) has started its consultation of top level municipal and other associations (Anhörung der Kommunalen Spitzenverbände und der Verbände) on the revision of the German Renewables Energy Sources Act (EEG). In this context, it has made available an updated ministerial draft (Referentenentwurf) containing the intended changes.

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EFI Report: Government Advisors Recommend to Discontinue EEG

While the government is in the process of revising the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG), the Commission of Experts on Research and Innovation (Expertenkommission Forschung und Innovation – EFI), recommends to abolish the EEG. Neither was it a cost-efficient climate protection tool, nor did it have a positive effect on innovation, the experts concluded in their 2014 report, presented to Chancellor Merkel today.

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