The Renewable Energy Sources Act (Erneuerbare-Energien-Gesetz; EEG) promotes the development of energy generated from renewable resources. The proportion of renewable energy in the electricity supply is to be increased to at least 65 percent by 2030. A multi-stage system distributes the renewable electricity from Renewable Energy Source (RES) installation operators to the upstream Transmission System Operators (TSO) who market this green power. The cost for the promotion of renewable energy is equally distributed among the final consumers through the EEG levy. On this page, you can find details on the EEG and on EEG settlement by 50Hertz.
As the access responsible party for the RES installations marketed by 50Hertz, we manage our EEG balancing group on the day-ahead and the intraday market 24 hours a day, all year round.
You can register for the settlement of the EEG levy under the following link.
The Act for the Development of Renewable Energy, in short the Renewable Energy Act (EEG), has regulated the priority feed-in of electricity from renewable sources into the German power grid since April 2000. Over the past years, the EEG has been revised multiple times with its current version being in effect since January 2017. The EEG attaches particular importance to the planned development of renewable energy which are synchronised with the grid expansion and its improved market integration. With the EEG, the legislator seeks to enable the sustainable evolution of the energy supply and lower its economic cost. The use of fossil energy resources should also be cut back and technologies for the generation of electricity from RES’s should be promoted. The objective of the act is to make it possible for Germany to cover at least 80 percent of its electricity demand from renewable sources.
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By means of the EEG levy, a large part of the subsidy payments for renewable energy is refinanced. The EEG levy is paid by electricity suppliers, companies with high energy costs but also self-sufficient producers and final consumers. To this end, the respective responsible transmission system operator (TSO) communicates monthly volume forecasts on the basis of which the TSO bills the EEG levy.
More information and data on the EEG levy can be found under Disclosure of EEG data.
If you are obliged to pay the EEG levy, you can register under the following link. All important information about the registration process is provided on our EEG registration site and during the registration process.
EEG levy Registration for self-sufficient producers and utility companies
Pursuant to §14 EEG, grid operators may, without prejudice to their obligation to increase network capacity, exceptionally regulate plants and cogeneration plants directly or indirectly connected to their network which are equipped with a facility for remote-controlled reduction of the feed-in power in the event of network congestion, provided that
§ 15 para. 1 EEG obliges the connecting grid operators to compensate the installation operators affected by § 14 Abs. 1 EEG.The grid operator causing the bottleneck is obliged to compensate the connecting grid operator for the costs. The determination of the amount of the compensation payments is based on the stipulations of § 15 para. 1 EEG in conjunction with the current guideline of the Federal Network Agency on EEG feed-in Management.
Payment of compensation as of 01/01/2015 pursuant to § 15 EEG DOWNLOAD PDF (141 KB - GERMAN)
Payment of compensation until 31/12/2014 pursuant to § 12 EEG DOWNLOAD PDF (129 KB - GERMAN)