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Grid fees for industry and commerce will rise in Germany in 2021 - but to vary greatly from region to region

10.12.2020

In many regions of Ger­many, grid fees will con­tin­ue to rise sig­ni­fic­antly next year, lead­ing to high­er energy costs for many indus­tri­al and com­mer­cial com­pan­ies. Grid fees account for about 20 per­cent of total elec­tri­city costs, but depend­ing on the region, sig­ni­fic­antly more. The res­ult is thus gen­er­ally high­er oper­at­ing costs for affected companies.

Sig­ni­fic­ant price increase in grid fees in south-west Germany

The largest increase in the pro­vi­sion­ally pub­lished grid fees in a nation­wide com­par­is­on was recor­ded by the trans­mis­sion sys­tem oper­at­or Trans­netBW. The com­pany has announced a price increase of 10 per­cent as of 1 Janu­ary 2021. The reas­ons giv­en are the invest­ments in the expan­sion of the trans­mis­sion grids due to the energy trans­ition and the main­ten­ance of grid and sys­tem secur­ity. In addi­tion, the third step in the imple­ment­a­tion of the Grid Tar­iff Mod­ern­isa­tion Act (NEMoG), which aims to stand­ard­ise trans­mis­sion grid tar­iffs by 2023, will take place next year. The rel­at­ively low grid fees in Baden-Württem­berg com­pared to the rest of Ger­many will thus be a thing of the past — the grid fees will also rise to the tar­geted uni­form level in the com­ing years. The down­stream dis­tri­bu­tion grid oper­at­ors can­not avoid passing on these price increases to their end customers.

Enorm­ous cost bur­den for import­ant indus­tri­al locations

The GET AG map shows which dis­tri­bu­tion grid regions in Ger­many are affected by high grid fees. For example, the east­ern part of Ger­many is also affected by high prices: the trans­mis­sion sys­tem oper­at­or 50Hertz is increas­ing its charges by 7 per­cent, so that the costs per kW are rising to 120 euros and high­er. In isol­ated regions, there are also price increases of more than 10 per­cent, for example at the dis­tri­bu­tion grid oper­at­or West­netz: here, the price per kW rises from 88.78 euros to 100.60 euros, i.e. by 13 per­cent. Or by as much as 32 per­cent, as at Ver­sor­gungs­be­triebe Hoy­er­swerda, where the price increases from 82.48 euros to 109.19 euros per kW.

For the affected com­pan­ies in these regions, the ques­tion now is how they can com­pensate for the con­tinu­ously rising energy costs.

Save grid costs through load man­age­ment with bat­tery stor­age systems

An energy man­age­ment sys­tem (EMS) mon­it­ors the elec­tri­city con­sump­tion of the indus­tri­al cus­tom­er in order to take coun­ter­meas­ures when a peak load is reached. If the EMS reports a load peak, elec­tri­city from this bat­tery stor­age is fed into the cus­tom­er­’s grid. In this way, indus­tri­al com­pan­ies with record­ing power meas­ure­ment (RLM) can achieve con­sid­er­able sav­ings with the help of bat­tery stor­age. Com­pan­ies that already act­ively oper­ate load man­age­ment also bene­fit from lower energy costs, because grid oper­at­ors reward effi­cient load man­age­ment through reduced grid fees.

Bat­tery stor­age is a key tech­no­logy for a suc­cess­ful energy transition

At the same time, indus­tri­al com­pan­ies are mak­ing an import­ant con­tri­bu­tion to the imple­ment­a­tion of the energy trans­ition: Bat­tery stor­age relieves the load on the elec­tri­city grid and increases grid sta­bil­ity by sup­port­ing con­stantly reli­able elec­tri­city con­sump­tion. This also com­pensates for the fluc­tu­at­ing yields of renew­able energy sources.

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About EDF Renew­ables Germany

Through innov­at­ive energy ser­vices and the use of bat­tery stor­age sys­tems, EDF Renew­ables Deutsch­land sup­ports indus­tri­al and com­mer­cial cus­tom­ers in their efforts to oper­ate energy effi­ciently and save energy costs. In this way, we make an import­ant con­tri­bu­tion to the suc­cess of the Ger­man energy trans­ition in cooper­a­tion with loc­al play­ers. Our part­ners at the loc­al level primar­ily include muni­cip­al util­it­ies, grid oper­at­ors and innov­at­ive com­pan­ies. The EDF Renew­ables Group can draw on extens­ive exper­i­ence and tech­no­lo­gies in the devel­op­ment, design, integ­ra­tion and oper­a­tion of bat­tery stor­age sys­tems. EDF Renew­ables has built numer­ous stor­age facil­it­ies of all sizes in the US, UK and France and con­tin­ues to devel­op its busi­ness model.

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Rebekka Schuster
Head of Sales | EDF Renewables Germany


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