EEG levy

Consumption of self-generated power from renewable, CHP and conventional plants
Administration of the EEG levy pursuant to Section 61 EEG 2014 in conjunction with Sections 7 ff. AusglMechV

The Equalisation Scheme Ordinance (AusglMechV) of 19 February 2015 introduced new rules relating to the EEG levy. These apply to producers of power (from renewable, CHP and conventional plants) for self-consumption (self-generators) pursuant to Section 61 EEG 2014. The Ordinance imposes far-reaching obligations on distribution grid operators, in particular with respect to administering the EEG levy in the case of self-generators. TransnetBW recently informed PDF/52KB/DE distribution grid operators about the notification and levy payment procedures vis-á-vis TSOs applicable from 1 July 2015.

In its capacity as a TSO, TransnetBW will apply the EEG levy to self-generators only in accordance with Section 7 (1) nos. 1 to 4 EEV. However, please note that TransnetBW will continue to apply the EEG levy for end-consumption pursuant to Section 61 (1) Sentence 3 EEG 2014 (previously: Section 37 (3) Sentence 1 EEG 2012) exactly as before.

General information

Pursuant to Section 60 (1) EEG 2017, electricity producers must pay an EEG levy to TSOs for each kilowatt hour of electricity supplied to end consumers. The purpose of these payments is to offset the difference between the TSOs’ revenues and expenditures pursuant to Section 3 (3) and (4) EEV and to Section 6 of the Equalisation Scheme Execution Ordinance EEAV.

Pursuant to Section 5 (1) EEAV, TSOs are obliged to calculate and publish following year’s EEG levy rate by 15 October each year. The following EEG levies have been calculated:

The 2018 EEG levy is 6,792 EUR cents/kWh EUR cents/kWh, and is payable as of 1 January 2018 for each kilowatt hour of electricity used by end consumers.

For electricity governed by the special equalisation scheme pursuant to Sections 63 ff. EEG 2017, the Federal Office of Economics and Export Control (BAFA) may limit the EEG levy pursuant to Sections 64, 65 and 103 EEG 2017. In accordance with Sections 61ff. EEG 2017, a certain proportion of the standard EEG levy is charged for electricity produced for self-consumption.

You can find out more by visiting the German TSO information platform (in German only):

The 2017 EEG levy is 6.880 EUR cents/kWh EUR cents/kWh, and is payable as of 1 January 2017 for each kilowatt hour of electricity used by end consumers.

For electricity governed by the special equalisation scheme pursuant to Sections 63 ff. EEG 2014, the Federal Office of Economics and Export Control (BAFA) may limit the EEG levy pursuant to Sections 64, 65 and 103 EEG 2014. In accordance with Section 61 EEG 2014, a certain proportion of the standard EEG levy is charged for electricity produced for self-consumption.

You can find out more by visiting the German TSO information platform (in German only):

The 2016 EEG levy is 6.354 EUR cents/kWh EUR cents/kWh, and is payable as of 1 January 2016 for each kilowatt hour of electricity used by end consumers.

For electricity governed by the special equalisation scheme pursuant to Sections 63 ff. EEG 2014, the Federal Office of Economics and Export Control (BAFA) may limit the EEG levy pursuant to Sections 64, 65 and 103 EEG 2014. In accordance with Section 61 EEG 2014, a certain proportion of the standard EEG levy is charged for electricity produced for self-consumption.

You can find out more by visiting the German TSO information platform (in German only):

The 2015 EEG levy is 6.170 EUR cents/kWh EUR cents/kWh, and is payable as of 1 January 2015 for each kilowatt hour of electricity used by end consumers.

For electricity governed by the special equalisation scheme pursuant to Sections 63 ff. EEG 2014, the Federal Office of Economics and Export Control (BAFA) may limit the EEG levy pursuant to Sections 64, 65 and 103 EEG 2014. In accordance with Section 61 EEG 2014, a certain proportion of the standard EEG levy is charged for electricity produced for self-consumption.

You can find out more by visiting the German TSO information platform (in German only):

The 2014 EEG levy is 6.240 EUR cents/kWh EUR cents/kWh, and is payable as of 1 January 2014 for each kilowatt hour of electricity used by end consumers.

For electricity governed by the special equalisation scheme pursuant to Sections 40 ff. of the EEG, the Federal Office of Economics and Export Control (BAFA) may limit the EEG levy payable for certain portions of the power consumed to 10% or 1% of the EEG levy, or to 0.05 EUR cents/kWh, in accordance with Section 41 (3) No. 1 and Section 42 (1) No. 1 of the EEG. BAFA may also limit the levy payable for the total power consumed to 0.05 EUR cents/kWh in accordance with Section 41 (3) No. 2 of the EEG.

You can find out more by visiting the German TSO information platform (in German only):

The 2013 EEG levy is 5.277 EUR cents/kWh EUR cents/kWh, and is payable as of 1 January 2013 for each kilowatt hour of electricity used by end consumers.

For electricity governed by the special equalisation scheme pursuant to Sections 40 ff. of the EEG, the Federal Office of Economics and Export Control (BAFA) may limit the EEG levy payable for certain portions of the power consumed to 10% or 1% of the EEG levy, or to 0.05 EUR cents/kWh, in accordance with Section 41 (3) No. 1 of the EEG. BAFA may also limit the levy payable for the total power consumed to 0.05 EUR cents/kWh in accordance with Section 41 (3) No. 2 of the EEG.

You can find out more by visiting the German TSO information platform (in German only):

The 2012 EEG levy is 3.592 EUR cents/kWh EUR cents/kWh, and is payable as of 1 January 2012 for each kilowatt hour of electricity used by end consumers.

For electricity governed by the special equalisation scheme pursuant to Sections 40 ff. of the EEG, the Federal Office of Economics and Export Control (BAFA) may limit the EEG levy payable to 0.05 EUR cents/kWh in accordance with Section 6 (1) No. 1 of the Equalisation Ordinance Scheme (AusglMechV).

You can find out more by visiting the German TSO information platform (in German only):

The 2011 EEG levy is 3.530 EUR cents/kWh EUR cents/kWh, and is payable as of 1 January 2011 for each kilowatt hour of electricity used by end consumers.

For electricity governed by the special equalisation scheme pursuant to Sections 40 ff. of the EEG, the Federal Office of Economics and Export Control (BAFA) may limit the EEG levy payable to 0.05 EUR cents/kWh in accordance with Section 6 (1) No. 1 of the Equalisation Ordinance Scheme (AusglMechV).

You can find out more by visiting the German TSO information platform (in German only):

The 2010 EEG levy is 2.047 EUR cents/kWh EUR cents/kWh, and is payable as of 1 January 2010 for each kilowatt hour of electricity used by end consumers.

For electricity governed by the special equalisation scheme pursuant to Sections 40 ff. of the EEG, the Federal Office of Economics and Export Control (BAFA) may limit the EEG levy payable to 0.05 EUR cents/kWh in accordance with Section 6 (1) No. 1 of the Equalisation Ordinance Scheme (AusglMechV).

You can find out more by visiting the German TSO information platform (in German only):

Overview of EEG revenues and expenditures

Transmission system operators are obliged to publish and maintain their monthly and annual revenues and expenditures on their websites, in accordance with Section 3 (1) of the Equalisation Ordinance Scheme (AusglMechV).

More detailed information on the balance of monthly revenues and expenditures of the four transmission system operators, based on the national redistribution mechanism, can be found by visiting the following site (in German only):

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