News Digest Item
26 Jan 2017

Government cabinet agrees to new grid fee law proposal

Economy and energy ministry (BMWi)

There will be no nationwide grid fee alignment in Germany according to a proposal by the economy ministry approved by the government cabinet, contrary to earlier press reports. However, the proposal for a grid fee reform will gradually abolish payments to decentralised power generators. Outgoing minister Sigmar Gabriel said the law was a further step to distribute costs more justly. These currently receive compensation because they don’t require long-distance transmission grids, lowering costs. Grid fees across Germany vary significantly.

Find the press release in German here.

For background, read the CLEW factsheet Power grid fees – Unfair and opaque?

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