Combined Heat and Power Act (CHP Act)
Act on the Retention, Modernization and Extension of Combined Heat and Power Generation
(CHP Act of 19 March 2002, amended on 12. July 2012)
On 1 April 2002, the Act on the Retention, Modernisation and Extension of Combined Heat and Power Generation (KWKG) has entered into force replacing the CHP Act of 12 May 2000. On 12 July 2012 the CHP act has been amended anew.
Pursuant to the CHP Act, the CHP-share of the electricity volume produced (CHP electricity) that is fed into grids of all voltage levels for general supply is subsidized. The system operator who is obliged to take in the electricity pays an extra charge, which is dependent on the plant type, as well as a compensation for the CHP electricity fed into it. Additionally the CHP Act regulates the support of construction and expansion of heating and cooling grids and storages.
The Federal Association of the German Energy and Water Industries (Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft e.V. / BDEW) has published a procedural description to establish a standard national procedure for handling and implementing the act, including official material. You will find this procedural description as well as additional useful information on CHP on the website of the Federal Association of the German Energy and Water Industries (Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft e.V., BDEW).
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