In order to anchor the energy transition internationally, some of the auctions under the 2017 Renewable Energy Sources Act are also opened for installations located in other Member States. From 2017, 5% of new renewables capacity to be installed each year will be opened up to installations in other European Member States (around 300 megawatts per year). The cross-border auctions will take place in addition to the national auctions.
The legal basis for the pilot scheme was the Cross-Border Renewable Energy Ordinance (GEEV), which previously only applied to solar installations and which has now been extended to cross-border auctions for onshore wind energy installations. Also, an additional model designed to shape the sliding market premium in cross-border auctions was introduced. The revision of the Cross-Border Renewable Energy Ordinance implements the requirements imposed by the European Commission in the state aid approval procedure for the 2017 Renewable Energy Sources Act. The aim of the cross-border auctions is greater regional cooperation, particularly with Germany’s “electricity neighbours”. The cooperation should clearly signal that Germany’s energy transition needs to be rooted within a European approach. The changes to the Cross-Border Renewable Energy Ordinance (GEEV) entered into force on 16 August 2017. More details about the revision can be found .