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New grid access benefits

New rules in Germany for access to the grid are set to benefit renewables generators. Power stations, including wind plant, will not have to pay grid use charges like other electricity market players, according to Heinz Klinger of utilities association VDEW. Furthermore, decentralised power generators will be rewarded for the benefits they contribute to the network by feeding into the low voltage grid close to their customers.

Under the yet-to-be-authorised regulation, Verbaende-Vereinbarung 2 (V-V2), grid users will pay a single, all inclusive annual charge. At the same time the so called distance dependent components, where extra charges are levied for transmission over longer distances, are to be dropped. Existing rules require each electricity transaction to be billed separately. Federal economics minister Werner Mueller has praised the regulation for drastically simplifying grid access and grid use charges. Not yet finalised, however, are arrangements allowing household customers to easily switch supplier, for example to a green power supplier.

V-V2 now has to be approved by German authorities and the European Commission. It must also be examined to make sure it allows the functioning of an electricity exchange. If approved, the renewables lobby is expected to drop its demands for government regulation on grid use.

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