Lichtblick intends to take further action against German grid fees

The German green electricity supplier Lichtblick SE had filed a lawsuit after the 2021 determination of permissible returns on equity for investments in electricity grids. In Germany, the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) sets an interest rate for this purpose. In the last round of regulation, Lichtblick alleged, the agency had revised its original decision upward not on factual grounds but in response to political pressure. This complaint has now been rejected by the Düsseldorf Higher Regional Court. Lichtblick is considering a legal appeal against this to the Federal Constitutional Court and also intends to take further action in general against the fact that grid operators are granted a state-regulated return on investment that is higher than »for example in the case of significantly riskier wind or solar projects.«
The BNetzA had most recently set the permissible return on equity for new investments by network operators at 5.07 percent. It has already announced an increase of two percentage points for the next regulatory period. According to Lichtblick, this would entail additional costs of €2.5 billion ($2.69 billion) for electricity customers.

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