The Sino-german Legal Cooperation Programme of GIZ organized a one-day workshop on the German Renewable Energies Law (EEG 2017) on September 26th, 2018. The workshop took place at the National People’s Congress in Beijing, where the Congress’ Environment Protection and Ressources Conservation Committee (ERC) is preparing for a reform of the Chinese Renewable Energies Act. Ten legal experts of ERC attended the workshop.
The subject was presented by two German experts, who GIZ had invited for this occasion: Prof. Dr. Thomas Schomerus, Director of the Institute for Sustainability at the Leuphana University Lüneburg (Germany), also judge at the Higher Administrative Court of Lower-Saxony, and Mr. Thorsten Müller, Head of Research at the Foundation for Environmental Law. Prof. XIE Libin, director of the institute for german law at the China University of Politics and Law (CUPL), supported the meeting as interpreter for both Chinese and German.
After a brief presentation of the fundamentals of the german and the european energy market, both experts introduced the participants to a range of selected topics from the EEG 2017, such as feed-in tariffs and priority, the newly introduced public tender model and the division of costs and responsibilities between the different market actors. After each of the presentations, the participants discussed specific issues, such as grid expansion and stability, feed-in planning and prevention of surplus and the different compensation mechanisms for curtailment losses with both experts.