Germany launches renewable energy installation register

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The Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur) has launched a register that will in the future have a record of the commissioning, upgrades and decommissioning of all renewable energy installations in Germany.

The register will collect plant-related data, such as location, used energy sources and technical parameters. According to the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, the register will lead to a well-planned expansion of renewables in Germany and make the change in energy supply more transparent for the public.

Operators of photovoltaic systems are already required to register their plants with the Federal Network Agency. The regulatory authority uses this registry to determine the monthly increase in solar plants sets the rate of degression for solar feed-in tariffs.

Germany’s amended Renewable Energy Act (EEG), which went into force on August 1, now provides for management of the annual increase in wind and biomass plants in order to correspondingly adjust subsidy rates. Every system that goes into operation on or after August 1 must therefore be registered with the Federal Network Agency. As was the case with photovoltaic plants, registering other renewable energy plants is now mandatory in order to obtain the applicable feed-in tariff.

In addition, existing installations will have to report substantial changes, such as closures or extensions, according to the ministry. In the long term, the register is to become a central database that offers reference data not only on renewable energy plants but also on conventional power plants, energy storage and controllable consumer appliances. All data will be made available in anonymous form.

Translated by Edgar Meza