Wind energy


date: July 2017

On 1 January 2017, the Renewable Energy Act 2017 (EEG 2017) came into force. It is the fifth fundamental amendment to the Renewable Energy Act. In addition to the well-known goal of increasing the share of renewable energies in the electricity supply, the reform aims specifically at controlling future additional construction in a targeted manner and keeping the costs of production as low as possible by means of competitive assessment.

The EEG 2017 is thus replacing the subsidy system, which has hitherto been based on statutory rates, with a competitive tendering procedure. The basic funding system remains in place. This means that to receive the market premium direct marketing is the fundamentally required form of marketing; feed-in tariffs are granted only in exceptional cases.

The so-called "value to be apportioned" is the calculation basis for financial support under the EEG. However, this value is no longer prescribed by law but is now determined in competitive terms in accordance with EEG 2017. These measures also apply to onshore wind energy.

Due to the amount of information and the frequent amendments to the law on this subject, we are unable to keep our English site constantly up-to-date. We have more information on this subject on the German version of our site. If you interested in a particular subject, feel free to contact us for an English version or synopsis.

The following subjects are discussed in connection with the Renewable Energy Act 2017 further on the German version of our site:

1. Renewable Energy Act (EEG 2017)

- Support systems for onshore wind turbines
- Determination of the height of onshore wind turbines
- Other provisions of the EEG 2017 applicable to onshore wind turbines

2. Property Law

- Public Procurement Law - Rights of Way/Grid Usage Rights

3. Regional Planning

4. Public Construction Law

- Construction Planning Law
- Federal State Building Order

5. Emission Control

- Sound Emission
- Shade Emission

6. Air Traffic

7. German Weather Service

8. Nature Conservation