English

Dear Visitor,

welcome to Clearingstelle EEG!

“EEG” stands for “Erneuerbare-Energien-Gesetz” or The Renewable Energy Sources Act. This act increases the use of Renewable Energies by establishing the core elements of a feed-in system:

  • First, the act provides for priority access to the grid system of electricity produced from renewable energy sources;
  • second, such electricity has to be purchased, transmitted, and distributed with priority;
  • and last but not least, a consistent, cost-effective fee has to be paid by grid operators.

For further information please visit the website on renewable energies of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature and Nuclear Safety.

The Clearingstelle EEG has nothing to do with a clearing house as known in financial services. Rather, section 57 of the Renewable Energy Sources Act defines the purpose of the Clearingstelle as a facilitator, helping “to settle any disputes and issues of application arising under this act”.

The ordinary courts usually settle disputes through litigation that is often costly and time consuming. However, the Clearingstelle EEG offers alternative dispute resolution options that may prove more efficient and cost-effective to settle disputes. Such options include mediation, joint dispute resolution, arbitration. Thereby, opposing parties can avoid costly litigation and tedious, lengthy court action, but yet achieve a feasible and mutually acceptable solution. This is usually achieved through one of the following formal Alternative Dispute Resolution proceedings:

  1. moderated discussions (mediation)
  2. assessment of the matters of fact and the legal situation in individual cases (’Vote Action’)
  3. arbitration under the code of civil procedure

Furthermore, the Clearingstelle EEG provides general advice on how to apply the provisions of the Renewable Energy Sources Act. This outreach helps to avoid problems before they occur. Thus, in particular plant and grid operators may benefit from our services by avoiding disputes. This is achieved through one of the following proceedings:

  1. assessment of the legal situation upon request of an ordinary court with pending action (’Advisory Action’)
  2. general clarification on questions of application or legal interpretation (’Recommendation Action’, or – in less complex cases – ’Indication Action’).

Support from the energy industry including both plant and grid operators is often important. Consequently, their associations may also take part in proceedings of the Clearingstelle.

The Clearingstelle EEG is commissioned and exclusively funded by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature and Nuclear Safety. The staff of the Clearingstelle EEG consists of an interdisciplinary team of lawyers and engineers with expertise in the field of renewable energies as well as office and IT staff. Our office is located in central Berlin, close to Gendarmenmarkt, in Charlottenstrasse 65.

Please notice that our service is only for grid operators and operators running plants in Germany.

What might be of further interest for you is the website of the German Energy Blog. Please note that the German Energy Blog is not related to the Clearingstelle EEG whatsoever. However, it does provide further information on German Energy Law and on the proceedings of the Clearingstelle EEG in English which is available at

        http://www.germanenergyblog.de/.

Also, you will find more information in English on Renewable Energies in Germany at the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety’s website at

      http://www.erneuerbare-energien.de/english.

If you need further information, please feel free to send an e-mail to  or send a letter to our postal address: Clearingstelle EEG Charlottenstrasse 65 D-10117 Berlin GERMANY