Grid fee reform gets divided reception by energy business associations
The Association of Local Utilities (VKU) said the support for combined heat and power plants in the grid fee agreement was a “strong signal for the value of decentral generation” and created planning security. “Municipal utilities can now work intensively on a decentral energy transition, the expansion of combined heat and power, and climate protection in the cities”.
Utility association BDEW said “it would have been absurd to put a massive burden on climate-friendly combined heat and power and pumped-storage hydropower plants”.
The Association of Energy Market Innovators (BNE) said a more fundamental reform of grid fees remained essential. “Many of the existing rules are an obstacle to the necessary transition to flexible demand.” The association, which represents grid-independent energy suppliers and energy service companies, was critical of the fact that costs of offshore connections will be added to power consumption fees. It said higher power prices were counterproductive to the necessary integration of the power, heat, and transport sectors.