Wind energy - Federal Association for Renewable Energy, It makes sense to compensate for corona-related fluctuations in the EEG surcharge
- Jun 5, 2020 1:00 pm GMT
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The cap on the EEG surcharge decided yesterday by the grand coalition is a good decision for the affordability of electricity costs and for the energy transition.
The effects of the corona crisis on the electricity market, with the consequence of further falling electricity prices on the exchange, would have caused the levy to rise above average in 2021. The impending high increase in the levy is due to a calculation mechanism that does not guarantee that the low generation costs for renewables will reach the customer. The BEE had already pointed out that the federal government had already financed industrial privileges through the federal budget and reduced the electricity tax to the minimum permitted under European law by 3.5 cents / kWhcould lower. 'This stabilization of electricity costs for end consumers can be implemented quickly. It's good that the federal government wants to start here, 'comments Dr. Simone Peter, President of the German Renewable Energy Association.
The COVID 19 crisis shows, however, that the complex system of levies and levies urgently needs to be revised. An energy market supported by renewable energies needs a different regulatory framework than a market dominated by large fossil and nuclear power plants. 'The impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the electricity market has helped to push hard coal and lignite out of the market. The renewables carry the system to an ever greater extent and take on more and more responsibility. However, their low costs do not reach the end customer and prevent the use of CO2- free electricity in mobility, heating and industry. A fundamentally new approach is needed here for a future-oriented electricity market design, 'says Dr. Simone Peter.
'Now a roadmap for the accelerated expansion of renewable energies is immediately required - also to meet the growing needs of sector coupling in the form of green hydrogen, electromobility and heat pumps,' said Peter. In its 2030 scenario, the BEE calculated how the goal of increasing the share of renewable energies in the electricity mix to 65 percent renewable energies by 2030 can be achieved. The Federal Government's proposals for its goal agreed in the 2018 coalition agreement are still pending.
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