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German TSOs to begin charging national network fees [free access]

October 1, 2018

German transmission system operators (TSOs) namely, 50Hertz, Amprion, TenneT and TransnetBW, are set to charge national network fees as part of their network charges, for the first time.

 

Until now, TSOs have calculated network charges based on the company-specific revenue caps, which were approved by the Federal Network Agency, as well as the forecast of electricity drawn from their transmission system. Beginning 2019, network charges for the four TSOs will include a nation-wide network fee component.

 

The decision is in line with Netzentgeltmodernisierungsgesetz or NEMoG, the German network modernisation law that took effect in July 2017, as well as the regulation issued on April 25, 2018 stipulating the gradual introduction of transmission network fees based on a nation-wide standard. According to the NEMoG, the standardisation of transmission network fees is to take place in stages from 2019 to 2022, so that from 2023 a uniform nationwide transmission grid fee becomes applicable.

 

The national network fees will be calculated jointly by the four TSOs. In October 2018, the TSOs will publish their company-specific network fees as well as the national network fee for the first time. The network fees will continue to be calculated as variable and fixed prices in cents per kWh and Euros per kWh.