23 March 2020 – Relaxed compliance requirements for energy sector

Intervention Categories: Legal and policy; Regulatory change
Level of Jurisdiction: National

Overview: The BMWi and the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) have agreed on measures to address the impacts of COVID-19 on the energy sector.

Allowances will be made for planned and already subsidised renewable energy sector projects that cannot be constructed within the specified implementation period because of COVID-19. In the case of onshore wind turbines and biomass plants, for example, the BNetzA will grant an extension of the implementation period upon informal application.

The applications can be submitted by email, in which the reasons that have led to a delay in the project must be stated. Penalties are also not to be levied.

The BMWi and the Federal Office of Economics and Export Control (BAFA) will also extend deadlines for applications for reductions in the EEG levy, known as the Special Equalisation Scheme (BesAR). The 30 June 2020 deadline will not be invoked if it is missed because of COVID-19.
Full details here: https://www.bmwi.de/Redaktion/DE/Dossier/coronavirus.html