The EU Commission opens formal State aid investigation into the German exemption of large electricity consumers from network charges

On 6 March 2013, the European Commission ('the Commission') decided to investigate in-depth the German exemption of large electricity consumers from network charges, as it was concerned that the exemption may involve State aid. In Germany, network charges are established by network operators and they require authorisation by the regulator, i.e., the Bundesnetzagentur ('BNetzA'). Since 1 January 2011, large electricity consumers are by law (Section 19(2)

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Lode Van Den Hende, Michael Sanchez Rydelski, Silke Goldberg, Mark Newbery, Ralf Thaeter, The EU Commission opens formal State aid investigation into the German exemption of large electricity consumers from network charges, 6 March 2013, e-Competitions March 2013, Art. N° 51815

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