Second Workshop of the International Feed-in Cooperation, Berlin December 15 and 16, 2005

The Second International Workshop of the International Feed-In Cooperation took place in Berlin on 15 and 16 December 2005. About 50 representatives of the European Commission and the European Parliament, of governments, authorities and associations from 11 EU Member States and Accession Countries exchanged their views and experience and presented their respective feed-in tariff systems for electricity from renewable energies. The agenda included in particular a round table event where the participating countries presented their respective systems and experience and discussed the determination of appropriate tariffs for electricity from renewable energies, the integration of electricity from renewables into the electricity grid, predicting wind power and the options for avoiding possible excessively high costs for energy-intensive industries. In its key note address the European Commission stressed that the feed-in tariff system for electricity from renewable energy sources used by most EU Member States including Spain and Germany is more effective and efficient, for example for the expansion of wind power, than other instruments. The representatives of the individual countries confirmed the political wish to continue to operate the feed-in systems under EU legislation in future, und expressed their interest in continuing and intensifying the existing cooperation. Spain announced it would hold the next workshop in 2006.

On the day preceding the conference the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research Karlsruhe presented interim results of its research project Monitoring and evaluation of policy instruments to support renewable electricity in EU Member States. These results confirm the statements contained in the most recent communication of the European Commission on the same topic, i.e. that feed-in tariff systems as laid down in the German Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) and the corresponding law in Spain are both more effective in increasing the share of renewables in the electricity sector and more cost efficient than other regulations. This is true for both national legislation and the theoretically possible joint provisions agreed between different EU Member States or the European Union as a whole.

Note : The report by the EU Commission and the interim report of the research project on the efficiency and efficacy of various instruments for promoting renewable energy in the electricity sector are available in English at
www.erneuerbare-energien.de