Germany: Overall Summary
In Germany, electricity from renewable sources is mainly supported through a market premium scheme. However, small power plants up to 100 kW are still supported by a feed-in tariff. The criteria for eligibility and the tariff levels are set out in the Act on Granting Priority to Renewable Energy Sources (EEG 2014). Moreover, low interest loans for investments in new plants are provided for by different KfW-Programmes and there is an additional subsidy to promote the installation of flexible biogas capacities. After a pilot-tender scheme has been in place in 2015 for ground-mounted PV installations, this is planned also for the other technologies. A new EEG amendment containing the conditions therefor is expected by October 2016.
In Germany, the Guidelines for the support of RES-H set out the Market Incentive Programme (MAP), stipulating support schemes for the promotion of heat produced from renewable energy. BAFA is providing investment support and KfW offers low-interest loans.
There is no support scheme addressing particularly the use of renewable energy sources for the transport sector. A greenhouse gas reduction quota is in place, which can be fulfilled through the use of biofuels or electricity. A KfW loan provides – among other -support for the commercial purchase of biogas or biomethane powered vehicles.
Plants for the generation of electricity from renewable sources shall be given priority connection to the grid. Furthermore, grid operators are obliged to give priority to electricity from renewable sources when purchasing and transmitting electricity. Moreover, those interested in feeding in electricity may demand that the grid operator expands his grid.
Germany provides policies for the promotion of renewable energy sources covering training, certification and research programmes, a self-commitment of public authorities, the support of district heating networks and the introduction of building obligations regarding the use of heat produced from renewable energy.