BDEW about the discussion on the future level of network fees:

Hildegard Müller: The government has set the course for the development of network fees

Network fees depend on different local circumstances / Share of network fees in the electricity price has accounted for 20 percent to date

Berlin, 19 October 2012 – "The development of network fees depends on the situation in the network area of the respective company and the local circumstances. There are more than 900 network operators in Germany. This is why network fees in Germany are likely to develop very differently next year. It is advisable to return to an objective discussion about the development of network fees next year," Hildegard Müller, Chairwoman of the General Executive Management Board of the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft - BDEW) declared today in Berlin. "I would like to remind you that the government has set the course for this development. Numerous charges have been fixed and new charges introduced which will altogether have a price-increasing effect on the network fees next year. The companies only pass these state-imposed charges, which are reviewed by the Federal Network Agency, on to their customers ", Müller underlined.

On the basis of the network fees, further price components defined by the government, such as the charge imposed under Sec. 19 of the Electricity Grid Access Fees Ordinance, will soon be determined. The new offshore liability charge and the charge imposed under the Cogeneration Act come on top of this. According to BDEW, the network fees for domestic and commercial customers have decreased by more than 20 percent since 2006. The share of network fees in the electricity price of a household cus-tomer currently accounts for approximately 20 percent. „But I suppose that this share will rise next year on an average. A concrete reliable estimation of the Germany-wide development cannot be given by anyone at the pre-sent time“, Müller emphasised.
The energy industry has pointed out for a long time that the politically in-tended transformation of the energy system ("Energiewende") is not free of charge. Müller: "That the development of networks will cost money has already been ascertained by the Federal Network Agency. Everyone that wants to benefit from the development of renewable energies will have to assume joint responsibility in the current discussion. Without the expansion of the networks, the accelerated development of renewable energies will not be possible. Particularly the strong addition of photovoltaic and wind energy plants poses significant challenges to the companies in certain regions. It is necessary to reinforce existing electricity lines, lay new lines and install transformer substations and other technical equipment". According to the dena Grid Study and the BDEW Distribution Network Study, investments of approximately 56 billion Euro are required for the network development up until the year 2020.

More detailed BDEW information
Dates of release of government-imposed electricity price components:
EEG levy: published on 15 October 2012, with effect from 1st January 2013.
Network fees: provisional network fees published up until 15 October 2012 – final network fees published by 31 December 2012; with effect from 1st January 2013.
Levy under Section 19 Paragraph 2, Electricity Grid Access Fee Ordi-nance (Stromnetzentgeltverordnung - StromNEV): Publication on 20 Oc-tober 2012 by the TSOs, with effect from 1st January 2013.
Cogeneration surcharge under the Cogeneration Act: No binding deadlines for publication – publication intended by the Transmission System Operators (TSO) at the end of October 2012 (if data are available in due time), with effect from 1st January 2013.
New offshore liability levy (or EEG liability levy) under Section 17f of the draft amendment to the Energy Industry Act: Publication by the TSOs un-der Section 17 of the draft amendment to the Energy Industry Act, on 15 October 2012, with effect from 1st January 2013.


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