GERMANY RENEWABLE INCENTIVES

In Germany, electricity from renewable sources is supported through a feed-in tariff. The criteria for eligibility and the tariff levels are set out in the Act on Granting Priority to Renewable Energy Sources (EEG). According to this Act, operators of renewable energy plants are statutorily entitled against the grid operator to payments for electricity exported to the grid. The EEG also introduced the so-called market premium and the flexibility premium for plant operators who directly sell their electricity from renewable sources. Moreover, low interest loans for investments in new plants are provided for by different KfW-Programmes. GERMANY RENEWABLE INCENTIVES

In Germany, the Guidelines for the support of RES-H set out the Market Incentive Programme (MAP), stipulating support schemes for the promotion of heat produced from renewable energy. BAFA is providing investment support and KfW offers low-interest loans.

The main support scheme for renewable energy sources used in transport is a quota system. Furthermore, some types of biofuels are supported through fiscal regulation.

Plants for the generation of electricity from renewable sources shall be given priority connection to the grid. Furthermore, grid operators are obliged to give priority to electricity from renewable sources when purchasing and transmitting electricity. Moreover, those interested in feeding in electricity may demand that the grid operator expands his grid. GERMANY RENEWABLE INCENTIVES

Germany provides policies for the promotion of renewable energy sources covering training, certification and research programmes, a self-commitment of public authorities, the support of district heating networks and the introduction of building obligations regarding the use of heat produced from renewable energy. GERMANY RENEWABLE INCENTIVES

ELECTRICITY

Support schemes

In Germany, electricity from renewable sources is supported through a market premium scheme. Plants with a capacity of up to 500 kW and other plants in exceptional cases can benefit from a feed-in tariff. The criteria for eligibility and the tariff levels are set out in the Act on Granting Priority to Renewable Energy Sources (EEG 2014). The EEG also introduced support schemes to promote flexible biogas plants. Moreover, low interest loans for investments in new plants are provided for by different KfW-Programmes(Renewable Energy Programme –Standard,Programme offshore wind energy, Programme geothermal exploration risk, Financing Initiative Energiewende, Renewable Energy Programme Premium).

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Grid issues

In Germany, plants for the generation of electricity from renewable sources shall be given priority connection to the grid. Furthermore, grid operators are obliged to give priority to electricity from renewable sources when purchasing and transmitting electricity. Moreover, those interested in feeding in electricity may demand that the grid operator expands his grid. These special provisions are set out in the Act on Granting Priority to Renewable Energy Sources (EEG). Further general provisions on energy are stipulated in the Energy Industry Act (EnWG).

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Policies

Germany provides policies for the promotion of renewable energy sources covering training, certification and research programmes, a self-commitment of public authorities, the support of district heating networks and the introduction of building obligations regarding the use of heat produced from renewable energy.

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HEATING AND COOLING

Support schemes

In Germany, the Guidelines for the support of RES-H set out the Market Incentive Programme (MAP), stipulating support schemes for the promotion of heat produced from renewable energy. BAFA is providing investment support and KfW offers low-interest loans (Renewable Energy Programme–Premium, Programme Geothermal Exploration Risk).

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Policies

Germany provides policies for the promotion of renewable energy sources covering training, certification and research programmes, a self-commitment of public authorities, the support of district heating networks and the introduction of building obligations regarding the use of heat produced from renewable energy.

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TRANSPORT – MOBILITY

Support schemes

The main support scheme for renewable energy sources used in transport (fuel for road transport) is a quota system. This scheme obliges companies importing or producing petrol, gas or diesel fuels to ensure that biofuels make up a defined percentage of the company’s total annual sale of fuel. Furthermore, biofuels are supported through fiscal regulation.

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Further information

  • Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz, Bau und Reaktorsicherheit (BMUB) – Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Construction and Nuclear Safety
  • +49 301 830 50
  • BMU website
  • service(at)bmub.bund.de
  • Bundesamt für Wirtschaft und Ausfuhrkontrolle (BAFA) – Federal Office of Economics and Export Control
  • +49 619 690 80
  • BAFA website
  • +49 619 690 80