Concession Fees and the Energiewende (In German)
Andreas Jahn was invited to speak at a meeting of municipal organizations about recommendations for reforming the German Concession Fee Ordinance. The traditional concession fee schemes are based on the electricity consumption of a municipality’s inhabitants, with higher consumption generating higher revenues for the municipality. However, this structure works at cross-purposes with Germany’s ambitious goals for increasing energy efficiency and its share of variable renewable energy sources. By decoupling concession fee proceeds from electricity use, municipal interests can be aligned with the efficiency requirements of Germany’s new resource paradigm.