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1 ENNEREG International Conference Transfer of knowledge in the field of sustainable use of energy 23 May 2012, Wielkopolska Voivodship Office, Poznań, Poland Replication Event Initiation of RES projects Some German Experiences André Suck, ZREU GmbH

2 Slide 2 Motivation Social Acceptance was identified as one main barrier for implementation of RES projects in 5 Polish regions (survey of SDEO) How to ensure a constructive local / regional policy framework for implementing RES projects?

3 Slide 3 Regional and national policy framework Elements for a policy framework to be established at regional / national level to ensure public and private participation in RES investments National energy objectives broken down in regional / local energy strategies / SEAPs, long-term vision Incentive schemes ensuring a competitive operation of RES technologies in liberalized energy markets Feed-in tariffs Access to the grid Consistent planning system between local and regional levels, ensuring participation of the public

4 Slide 4 Strategic Planning and Long-Term Vision Regional / local energy strategies (SEAPs) for a long-term vision guiding policy / implementation Effective funding local SEAP from federal program Climate Initiative Funding of regional SEAPs is under responsibility of each of the 16 German states, different approaches, potentials for improvements

5 Slide 5 Incentive Schemes Incentives schemes for RES operation in liberalized markets / Renewable Energy Sources Act 2012 Investment protection through guaranteed feed-in tariffs and connection requirement: Every kilowatt-hour generated from RES installations receives a fixed feed-in tariff. 20 year, technology specific, guaranteed payment for their produced electricity Innovation by falling feed-in-tariffs: periodically lowering rates of remuneration for new plants (degression of 1% per year) exerts cost pressure on manufacturers.

6 Slide 6 Incentive Schemes First German Renewable Energy Sources Act entered into force in 1991 (amendments 2000, 2004, 2009, 2012) -> History of more than 20 years Assisted significantly in establishing independent power producers Example: Energy Cooperatives constituted of mainly private investors but also public / local authorities

7 Slide 7 Characteristics of Energy Cooperatives Promotion and support of member`s economic and social interests Every member is owner as well as business partner Minimum of three founder members (persons/institutions) No legally fixed minimum capital Private liability is limited to the capital share Easy entry and exit without administrative efforts Every member has only one vote Source: Veßhoff 2012

8 Slide 8 Energy Cooperatives in Germany Example of Bioenergy Village Jühnde eg Electricity and heat demand of the village is completely met by using own renewable energy sources (biomass from regional farming) Village inhabitants are members of the cooperative New sources of income for farmers Independence of big utilities Not only biomass but also PV and wind as investments for energy cooperatives (depending on level feed-in tariff)

9 Slide 9 Energy Cooperatives in Germany Source: Klaus Novy Institut 2012,

10 Slide 10 Energy Cooperatives in Germany Source: Klaus Novy Institut 2012,

11 Slide 11 Energy Cooperatives in Germany Development of energy cooperatives in Germany Source: Klaus Novy Institut 2012,

12 Slide 12 Energy Cooperatives in Germany Source: Klaus Novy Institut

13 Slide 13 Conclusion Social acceptance for RES projects is determined by various factors, e.g. National energy vision broken down in regional and local objectives National policy framework on incentive schemes for RES operation (SEAPs) Consistent planning system between local and regional level Organizations ensuring that local / private population can share economic benefits from renewable energy generation -> Energy cooperatives as one possible solution for creating regional added value

14 Slide 14 Thank you For further information contact: Dr. André Suck ENNEREG - Regions paving the way for a Sustainable Energy Europe is supported by the Intelligent Energy - Europe programme under Contract No: IEE/09/ /S The sole responsibility for the content of this presentation lies with the authors. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the European Union of other members of the ENNEREG Project Consortium. Neither the European Commission nor the authors are responsible for any use that may be made of the information contained herein. ENNEREG International Conference, Poznan, Poland - 22 May 2012

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