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BVerwG: EEG Surcharge Limitation under EEG 2009 Only for Independent Business Units with Market Activity – Situation under EEG 2014

Two recent rulings by the Federal Administrative Court (BVerwG) have clarified the requirements under which independent business units of manufacturing companies could apply for a limitation of the surcharge paid on electricity in support of renewable energy sources (EEG surcharge) under the Renewable Energy Sources Act 2009 (Section 41 para. 5 EEG 2009).

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BAFA: EEG Surcharge Reduction Application Quantity Slightly Down

On 30 September 2014 the deadline for submitting applications for a reduction of the surcharge promoting renewable energy sources in Germany (“EEG-surcharge”) by energy-intensive companies and rail operators ended. The total amount of energy for which applications have been submitted, fell slightly from 119,3 TWh in 2014 to 117,8 TWh, the Federal Office of Economics and Export Control (BAFA) informed. With the reform of the Renewable Energy Source Act that entered into force on 1 August 2014, the requirements had been tightened.

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Renewable Surcharge Reduction to 20% or Less for 65 Energy-Intensive Sectors?

A consensus is nearing for Germany’s dispute with the EU over reductions granted to energy-intensive companies on the surcharge promoting renewable energy sources in Germany (“EEG-surcharge”), major newspapers report. Citing from a draft for new EU guidelines on environmental and energy state aid, they say that the EU Commission was prepared to allow reductions granted to energy-intensive companies from up to 65 sectors. Generally companies should bear at least 20% of the costs, but member states shall be able to limit payments further depending on the added value, with according to Handelsblatt a cap at 2.5% of the gross value added.

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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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EEG 2.0: BMWi Working Draft for Revision of Renewable Energy Sources Act

The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (“BMWi”) has drafted a first working version of a revised German Renewables Energy Sources Act (EEG). This first draft led to further clarification on the EEG 2.0 project, i.e. the reform of the EEG. The draft further specifies the elements presented earlier in the key point paper of BMWi , especially regarding the feed-in tariffs. It also contains some new provisions, which were not previously contained in the key point paper.

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Almunia Calls German Renewable Energy Surcharge Exemptions Difficult But Manageable Issue

Yesterday Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia met with German Economics Minister Sigmar Gabriel to discuss the reform of the German Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) and the reductions granted to energy-intensive companies on the surcharge promoting renewable energy sources in Germany (“EEG-surcharge”). Mr Almunia called the exemptions a technically difficult, but manageable issue.

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BAFA Publishes Figures on Reduction of EEG Surcharge for Energy Intensive Companies

The Federal Office of Economics and Export Control (BAFA) has published information regarding the reduction of the surcharge promoting renewable energy sources in Germany (“EEG-surcharge”) for energy-intensive companies and rail operators. According to these figures the amount of privileged companies increased by 378 companies from 1,720 in 2013 to 2098 in 2014.

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