Berlin – On the occasion of the hearing in the German Parliamentary Commission for Economy and Energy regarding the Grid Fee Modernisation Act (NEMoG), 50Hertz CEO Boris Schucht, who participated as an expert in the matter, takes the following position:
“When comparing the grid fees for electricity at the national level, one notices considerable regional differences. Especially in those regions favourable to renewable energy and where a lot of green electricity is generated, such as the northern and eastern part of Germany, the prices are artificially raised by the high grid fees. This price gap is only growing. For instance, a paper factory connected to the medium voltage grid pays about 18 cents per kilowatt-hour in Schwerin but only about 13.5 cents in Cologne. One of the main drivers for the growing difference are the transmission grid fees. These are only a small part of the overall grid fee, but differ greatly as the integration and transit costs for renewable energy are not borne by all German customers but only in the grid areas involved. A standardisation of the transmission grid fees would be a first step towards lower regional imbalances due to the energy transition. As the energy transition is a Germany-wide project, the costs should also be distributed fairly across the country - if not, acceptance could decrease.”
With about 1,000 collaborators, 50Hertz takes care of the operation and the expansion of the transmission grid. Furthermore, the company is responsible for the management of the overall electrical system throughout the German Länder of Berlin, Brandenburg, Hamburg, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia. As transmission system operator active in the Central European market, 50Hertz is responsible for the secure integration of renewable energy, the development of the European electricity market and for maintaining a high level of security of supply. Since 2010, Belgian grid operator Elia and Australian infrastructure fund IFM Investors are shareholders of 50Hertz, holding stakes of 60% and 40%. As a European transmission system operator, 50Hertz is part of the Elia Group and a member of ENTSO-E, the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity.
For further information, please contact:
Volker Kamm, 50Hertz Transmission GmbH, phone 030-5150-3417,
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