On 8th of July 2016 Germany adopted amendment to the Renewable Energy Act (further: EEG 2017). The amendment will enter into force on 1st of January 2017.
The reform introduces public tender procedures for onshore wind, offshore wind, solar and biomass projects in country’s efforts to shift from FIT support renewable energy deployment to market orientated price finding mechanism. With that, projects will no longer be eligible for statuary feed-in tariff remuneration but will have to bid for it in public auction organised and monitored by the Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur). Successful projects will receive contracts for duration of 20 years for sell of the produced electricity at the price that they bid during the auction process.
Germany aims to increase its renewables share to 40%-45% by 2025, to 55%-60% by 2035 and to reach a minimum of 80% by 2050, as set in EEG 2014. EEG 2017 replicates those targets. The amendment stipulates capacity corridors for technology deployment in order to control capacity volumes commissioned each year, similarly as EEG 2014 did.
Specific tender rules and legal requirements apply to different technologies:
Tender technology specific rules