On 25 April, the Federal Cabinet adopted the draft ordinance tabled by Economic Affairs Minister Altmaier on the incremental alignment of grid fees across Germany.

This piece of regulation was drafted in accordance with the Grid Charge Modernisation Act of July 2017. Under the new ordinance, the grid fees charged for the use of transmission grids will be incrementally aligned across the entire country. The process itself will start on 1 January 2019 and is to be completed by 1 January 2023, in line with what is set out in the Act. The adjustment itself will take place in five equal steps.

Commented Thomas Bareiß, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy: “The incremental alignment of transmission grid fees is the right step forward, as was again stated in the Coalition Agreement. The expansion of the transmission grids benefits the energy transition overall, which makes it a true necessity not just within the regions, but across the Federation. Furthermore, the incremental nature of the adjustment process ensures that the regions affected will experience a smooth transition and have the ability to adapt to the changes.”

The Federal Government’s ordinance makes it possible for transmission system operators (TSOs) to set their new fees for 2019 based on the new rules. The new rates will be published in October 2018. In a first step within the adjustment process, the portion of the costs incurred by the TSOs for which a uniform fee is to apply throughout Germany is 20%.

The ordinance is now being passed on to the Bundesrat for approval.