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Presentation Municipal Value Added Before and After the Reform of the EEG

Conference: Herausforderungen an die Mehrebenen-Governance der deutschen Energiewende
03.11.14 - 04.11.14, Berlin

Within the workshop “Welche Dezentralität braucht die Energiewende? Perspektiven regionaler Governance zwischen lokaler Wertschöpfung und Systemdienstleistung“, the participants discussed the question, which kind of decentralisation is necessary to promote the Energiewende as a whole. With her presentation, Katharina Heinbach introduced a model developed by the IÖW to quantify value added by renewable energies. Further, she pointed out the importance of local participation for the extent of municipal value-added effects compared to merely increasing the number of installed RE systems in the region. In light of the recent amendment of the Renewable Energies Act (EEG), she also referred to the risks of this reform. It can be expected that the diversity of actors will be reduced, e.g. by the disadvantages that renewable civic power faces in the light of tendering models and that decentralized, consumer-orientated business models might become uneconomical due to the abolition of the green electricity privilege and the burden of the own consumption of the produced renewable electricity with the EEG levy.