EEG 2021 – New German Renewable Energies Act in force from 1 January 2021

The new German Renewable Energies Act 2021 (“EEG 2021”) was finally passed on 18 December 2020 and came into force on 1 January 2021, subject to certain exemptions. The EEG 2021 aims to promote the further expansion of renewable energies and the energy transition in Germany, and achieve greenhouse gas (“GHG”) neutrality by 2050. Setting … Read more

Germany: Federal Cartel Office launches sector inquiry into charging points for electric vehicles

The German Federal Cartel Office (“FCO”) has launched a sector inquiry in the provision and marketing of publicly accessible charging infrastructure for electric vehicles. According to the FCO’s president, Andreas Mundt, the FCO has received several complaints about prices and conditions at the charging stations. Germany has set itself the ambitious target to reduce emissions from transport by 40 to 42 percent (compared to 1990) by 2030. One aspect of this ambitious strategy is the government’s aim to have seven to ten million electric vehicles registered in Germany by that date. A bottleneck in increasing the number of electric vehicles on the road is the charging infrastructure. The German government aims to have a total of one million charging points available by 2030, which is the key milestone of its “Masterplan Charging Point Infrastructure”, adopted in November 2019. Over the next two years alone 50,000 public charging points are to be set up. Read more