The New German Energy Law: Green Light for Competition?

In its Benchmarking Reports the European Union has consistently suggested that unbundling and regulatory issues provide the main remaining obstacles to increased competition in the German energy market. To comply with the requirements of the Gas and Electricity Acceleration Directives of the European Union (Directives 2003/54/EC and 2003/55/EC respectively), the German parliament passed on June 17, 2005 extensive amendments to the nation’s existing Energy Industry Act (EnWG). Furthermore the federal government outlined detailed guidelines on electricity and gas grid access and tariff calculation methods in draft ordinances which will enter into force this summer.

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