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How can I conserve energy at home? What can I do when my utility company raises its prices? Where can I obtain financial support for a home energy retrofit or the use of renewable energy? How much energy does my washing machine use? These and other questions are answered on the following service and information websites:

Changing providers and dispute settlement

Energy efficiency and energy conservation

Renewable energies/Renewable Energies Act (EEG)

  • The completely revamped and redesigned Information Portal on Renewable Energies (only in German) answers questions about renewable energy sources and environmentally friendly technologies. Special pages on solar energy, wind energy, hydropower, bioenergy and geothermal energy contain current information and condensed background material - from commented link lists to references to laws and regulations.
  • The Renewable Energies Agency also provides information about the benefits of supplying energy from renewable sources. Its main online portal is located at The agency's media library ranges from videos and infographics to background papers and brochures to an image database.
  • Information, advice and applications for funding under the Market Incentive Program (MAP) for renewable energy in the heating market - e. g. for solar thermal plants, wood pellet heaters and heat pumps - are available from the Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export Control (BAFA) (only in German).
  • The Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export Control reviews and approves applications under the special compensation arrangement set out in Sections 40 et seq. of the EEG and also provides related information. To learn more about the Renewable Energies Act (EEG), the Combined Heat and Power Act (KWK-G), the System Stability Regulation (SysStabV) and the offshore liability surcharge, visit the information platform operated by Germany's four transmission system operators (only in German), Tennet TSO, 50Hertz Transmission, Amprion and TransnetBW.

Market transparency and market surveillance

  • The Market Transparency Unit for Wholesale Electricity and Gas Trading at the Federal Network Agency is being operated in consensus with the Bundeskartellamt. It collects and evaluates the data needed to monitor the wholesale trade in energy. In this way, indications of illegal conduct on the part of market players can be gathered and passed on to the prosecution authorities. Further information is available from the Market Transparency Unit's website.
  • The Federal Network Agency monitors the wholesale markets for electricity and gas in line with the European Union's REMIT Regulation. The REMIT website (only in German) contains all the important information about REMIT.

Energy and electricity tax