Factsheet: Green electricity act (ÖSG)

Green electricity act (ÖSG)

Key Information
Full name of Instrument & Measure (English): 
Green Electricity Act - Federal Act on the Support of Electricity Produced from Renewable Energy Sources
Full name of Instrument & Measure (native language): 
Ökostromgesetz 2012 - Bundesgesetz über die Förderung der Elektrizitätserzeugung aus erneuerbaren Energieträgern
Description: 
Electricity from renewable sources is supported mainly through a feed-in tariff. The operators of renewable energy plants are entitled to the conclusion of a contract with a government purchasing agency, the Clearing and Settlement Agency, on the purchase of and payment for electricity as long as funds are available. Biogas and biomass installations should reach an efficiency of at least 60%. Targets for additional installations in the period 2010 to 2020 according to the Green Electricity Act: Hydro 1,000 MW, Wind 2,000 MW, PV 1,200 MW, Biomas and Biogas 200 MW (provided that sufficient resources are available); Green electricity lump sum fee starting from 11 Euro p.a. up to 35,000 Euro p.a. depending on grid level with exemptions for low-income households; Customer also has to pay a Green electricity funding contribution as a surcharge to network tariffs; Suppliers pay market price for electricity (hourly day ahead spot market price EEX/EXAA) plus price for certificates of origin (determined in a decree of the Energy Regulatory Authority); The level of feed-in tariffs are set in the "Ökostrom-Einspeisetarifverordnung" (next sheet)
Goal/Aim: 
Support electricity from renewable sources

Sector/Topic targeted:

Responsible Authority: 
Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy / Bundesministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Wirtschaft OeMAG (Clearing and Settlement Agency for Green Electricity)

Status:

Year Instrument & Measure Started: 
2002
Year Last Instrument & Measure was last Amended: 
2012