Remuneration requirement under EEG

The currently applicable statutory basis for the remuneration of fed-in electrical energy is the act for the expansion of renewable energies (EEG 2017).

According to Section 1 EEG 2017, the purpose of this act is to enable the sustainable development of the energy supply in the interests of the climate and environmental protection, to reduce the cost of the energy supply for the public, including by taking into account long-term spillover effects, to save fossil fuels and promote the development of technologies to generate electricity from renewable energy sources.

Remuneration for renewable energy sources - fees

Operators of assets which use only renewable energies or methane have a claim against the grid operator to the market premium for electricity generated in these assets

  1. under Section 20 EEG 2017 if they market the electricity directly and transfer to the network operator the right to label the electricity as "energy from renewable sources or methane" (sponsored direct marketing), or
  2. to feed-in remuneration under Section 21 EEG 2017 if they make the electricity available to the network operator and providing they do not participate in the balancing market with this asset. Furthermore, asset operators are entitled, under Section 21a EEG 2017, to directly sell the electricity generated by their assets without utilising it (another form of direct marketing).

Alternation between different methods of divestiture

Under Section 21b EEG 2017, asset operators may change between the following forms of divestiture for each plant and only on the first calendar day of the month:

  1. the market premium under Section 20 EEG 2017
  2. the feed-in remuneration under Section 21 EEG 2017, including in the form of a breakdown compensation fee
  3. another type of direct marketing under Section 21a EEG 2017

Market processes have to be established for feed-in points by the Federal Network Agency dated 29 January 2015 (BK14 – 110).

Registering or cancelling direct marketing or changing between different forms of divestiture has to be disclosed by the network operator by, at the latest, the start of the calendar month in which the change is to take place (e.g. registration by 31 March at the latest for direct marketing set to start on 1 May). Please use the form provided below to register or cancel ("Registering changes in the balancing group") and email your completed form to us at Please attach your communication data sheet and the supplier's allocation authorisation to your application. Registration and cancellation can also be done via the electricity dealer, if they have been given power of attorney by the plant operator.

Registering EEG assets with the Federal Network Agency

Under Section 6 EEG 2017, the Federal Network Agency has created and maintains a register in which assets should be registered (market master data register). Asset operators must include the following information in the market master data register:

  1. Information about the asset operator,
  2. The asset's location,
  3. The energy source used to generate the electricity,
  4. The installed capacity of the asset,
  5. Information on whether a financial subsidy is to be claimed for the energy generated in the asset under EEG 2017.

The obligation to register also applies if the capacity for existing EEG assets changes. If the asset operator does not register the EEG asset in the market master data register, the amount to be invested under Section 52 EEG 2017 should be reduced to zero or by 20 per cent under Section 52 (3).

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