First Workshop of the International Feed-in Cooperation, Madrid January 27, 2005

Representatives from Spain and Germany expressed their political will to use feed-in systems under EU-legislation for the time to come. Representatives from other countries showed their interest to continue this co-operation and broaden the joint analysis of the advantages and economic background of feed-in systems.  

On January 27, 2005, representatives from governments and authorities from six EU Member States met in Madrid to hold the first workshop of the International Feed-In Cooperation ("Cooperation on the Development and Strengthening of feed-in system to Increase the Use of Renewable Energy in the Production of Electricity”). The workshop was held in the offices of the Institute for the Diversification and Saving of Energy (IDAE).

The cooperation was established by Spain and Germany in June 2004 at the International Conference for Renewable Energies (Renewables2004) in Bonn. Its aim is to promote the exchange of experiences between the countries, assist other countries in improving and developing feed-in systems and provide useful input to the international fora, in particular to the political debate in the European Union.

"Germany and Spain should play a leadership role in defending their successful system in Europe", Mr. Antonio Fernández Segura, General Secretary of Energy, said during the workshop. It is not only that Germany and Spain are among the most successful countries in the EU and worldwide in increasing the share of renewable energies. At the same time, renewable energies have proven to be economically efficient in both countries since the prices per kWh of renewable electricity are lower than in countries with other modalities of support, such as quotas and certificates. The most important quality of the Spanish and German feed-in systems is their ability to create investment security.

There are a number of similarities in the Germany and Spanish policies for the promotion of renewable energies. Both feed-in systems grant:
- The priority grid access for installations generating electricity from renewable energy sources
- The priority purchase and transmission of the electricity generated in such installations
- The payment of a fixed tariff for a specified period of time
- Different tariffs for electricity produced from different renewable energy sources

In addition, the producer of electricity from renewable energy does not need to cover the cost of balancing power, and both systems ensure an equal burden sharing among the electricity consumers.