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EU Approves German Renewable Energy Surcharge

On December 19, the European Commission endorsed under EU State aid rules German plans to progressively apply renewable energy surcharges to certain self-suppliers of electricity.

The surcharge reform will contribute to lower electricity bills for consumers, in a sustainable way for existing self-suppliers, the EU’s competition chief said.

"It is important that the costs of the energy transition in Germany are distributed fairly between different German electricity consumers,” EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said. "At the same time, where consumers have made investments in good faith to produce their own electricity, the rules should be changed in a way that is sustainable. The reform of the renewable energy surcharge in Germany tries to strike the right balance and we approved it today,” she added.

With the decision on December 19, the Commission has endorsed German plans on the exemptions and reductions of the EEG surcharge for all existing self-suppliers of electricity, i.e. having entered into operation before August 2014, new self-suppliers, i.e. having entered into operation as of August 2014, using renewable energy sources and new small self-supply installations.

The Commission said the EC is in ongoing, constructive contact with the German authorities on the issue of reductions for new cogeneration installations used for the self-supply of electricity and heat, which are not covered by this decision.


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