Germany’s 2016 EEG levy EUR 0.06354/kWh

Transmission Network Operators, 50Hertz, Amprion, Tennet and TransnetBW, have set the EEG levy for non-privileged end consumption for 2016 at €0.6354/kWh. This represents a minimal increase of just 3% on this year’s levy, which is €0.617/kWh.

In view of the up to €5 billion surplus reached in the EEG account earlier this year, a further reduction of the levy seemed possible; it was, however, not implemented. The levy amount in 2016, reported the TSO’s last Thursday, is sitting at €22.88 billion. This is, essentially, the remuneration for solar PV, wind power, etc., minus energy exchange earnings, and considering both the EEG account situation and liquidity reserves at the end of September.

In an accompanying study, the TSOs broke down the allocation: €0.02632 are attributable to solar PV; €0.02014 to wind; and €0.01668 to €0.0123 to biomass and other renewables. The liquidity reserve, meanwhile, accounts for €0.00647; and the influence of the EEG account balance is estimated at €-0.0070. Also reducing the levy are other costs and revenues, at €-0.0003.

The determined difference for 2016 will account for around 2% of newly-commissioned facilities in the coming year, and around 98% of existing installations.

However, it must be said that the EEG levy costs for the privileged final consumption for energy intensive businesses are not allocated equally among all consumers. Consequently, the EEG levy is increased for non-privileged end consumers, i.e. the private electricity customers.

Translated by Becky Beetz