News Digest Item
15 Dec 2016

“Eastern federal states insist on standardising grid fees”


Eastern German state premiers are urging the federal government to agree quickly on planned legislation to standardise electricity grid fees across the country, writes Albert Funk in Der Tagesspiegel. In a letter to the Chief of the German Chancellery Peter Altmaier, the premiers say that there were “massive reservations and concerns” against the draft, indicating opposition by western federal states, writes Funk. Consumers in rural areas with strong renewable development currently pay very high fees. This is the case mostly in eastern German states. The resulting higher electricity prices led to unfair competition conditions and an “economic disadvantage” for eastern states, write the premiers in their letter. The draft bill is currently debated among the relevant federal ministries.

Read the article in German here.

For more information on the Energiewende’s transmission infrastructure, read the CLEW dossier The energy transition and Germany’s power grid.

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