Research Project

Study on the future shape of the special compensation regulation under § 40 ff. EEG

Department(s)/ Research Infrastructure
Climate Policy
Project Status
Completed Project
Project Duration
since/from 2013 to 2013
Commissioned by
Ministerium für Wirtschaft, Klimaschutz, Energie
und Landesplanung Rheinland-Pfalz
In Cooperation with
arepo consult,
Forum Ökologisch-Soziale Marktwirtschaft e.V. (FÖS),
Lehrstuhl für Steuerrecht und Öffentliches Recht, Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
Project Manager
Karsten Neuhoff
Project Team/Contacts at DIW Berlin

Project description

Previous to the 2014 revision of the Renewable Energy Act (Erneuerbare Energien Gesetz, EEG) this study added to the discussion around cost reliefs for many industrial enterprises. These reliefs were criticized for increasing electricity costs for non-privileged consumers, without any assessment whether privileged firms were actually exposed to international competition. The study develops proposals for a more targeted design of the privileges that foster a just distribution of the financial burden from renewable energy deployment without compromising international competitiveness of exposed firms. The study also considers incentive schemes for more efficient energy use that may be coupled with the privilege as more energy efficient firms are more resilient towards price increases and innovation in the efficiency realm may increase firms’ competitiveness.