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The European Commission today gave its approval under state aid rules for a full exemption from the EEG surcharge for existing plants supplying themselves with electricity. The approval of the current arrangement expires at the end of this year, so that a new approval procedure was needed.

State Secretary Baake said: “Today’s approval confirms our policy of pushing forward with the energy transition at the same time as safeguarding the competitiveness of German industry. In this way, we are providing legal certainty and a reliable framework for future investment.”

Following a modernisation of existing facilities, only 20 % of the EEG surcharge will be imposed; if power generation is switched from coal to more climate-friendly energy sources, the full exemption from the EEG surcharge will remain in place. Further to this, the Commission also approved the relief for new installations generating electricity from renewable energy. The main beneficiaries of this will be many photovoltaic installations on buildings. The rules on the legal succession in the case of existing installations, the grandfathering clause for models involving the joint use of power generation facilities and the grandfathering rules for starting and standstill current in power plants were also approved.

The rules governing the restriction of the EEG surcharge to 40 % for new CHP installations are still the subject of constructive discussions between the Federal Government and the European Commission. Following agreement with Brussels, the legislation governing the restriction on the EEG surcharge for new CHP installations in companies supplying themselves with electricity is to be amended next year and swiftly presented to the European Commission for approval.