Getting the Deal Through — Electricity Regulation 2017: Germany

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What is the government policy and legislative framework for the electricity sector?

Since 2005 Germany’s electricity industry has been regulated in accordance with European standards, based on the EU Commission’s Energy packages. The purpose of the German energy regulation is to ensure a safe, reasonably priced, consumer-friendly, efficient and environmentally friendly energy supply. With regard to the networks the legislator aims to ensure permanent, high-capacity and reliable operation of the grids.

In 2000 the German legislator created a regulatory instrument to increase the share of renewable energies in the German energy mix, but also to promote further development of technologies to generate electricity from renewable energy sources (Act on the Development of Renewable Energy Sources (EEG)). The EEG was recently revised in 2016. It sets out the goal that the share of renewable energy production shall amount to 80 per cent in 2050.

Originally published in Getting the Deal Through: Electricity Regulation 2017, (published in October 2017).

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