Economy ministry to amend several energy laws - report
The German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) is working on draft amendments to the Renewable Energy Act (EEG), the Combined Heat and Power Act (CHP), and other energy laws, writes Hendrik Köstens for Tagesspiegel Background. The draft, seen by Tagesspiegel Background, proposes to reduce the maximum support rates in onshore wind and solar PV auctions from the second half of 2018 on. For onshore wind, the rate would be reduced from 7 cents per kilowatt hour (ct/kWh) to 5.7 ct/kWh, and for solar from 8.91 ct/kWh to 6.5 ct/kWh, writes Köstens. The draft is set to be approved by the federal cabinet on 9 May so that the federal parliament (Bundestag) and the council of state governments (Bundesrat) can decide on it before the summer break, writes Köstens.
Find the article (behind paywall) in German here.
For background, read the CLEW factsheet From ideas to laws – how Energiewende policy is shaped, and the dossier The reform of the Renewable Energy Act.