Consultation on German market reform plan

Consultation period

21 June 2021 to 6 July 2021

Target group(s)

National, regional and local authorities, private companies, industry associations, small and medium enterprises(s), consumer organisations, trade unions, NGOs, environmental organisations, consultancies and, other stakeholders.

Objective of the consultation

The European Commission is making a consultation on electricity market reforms in Germany. As outlined in the EU’s energy market rules (Article 20(3) of Regulation (EC) No 2019/943 of 5 June 2019 on the internal market for electricity), a Member State that is facing likely supply shortages is requested to reform its electricity market. On 17 June 2021, Germany submitted its planned reform measures to the Commission. As the Commission will have to issue an opinion on the German plan, it seeks stakeholders’ views on the planned reforms.

Stakeholders should submit their input by 6 July 2021.

Context of market reforms

The Commission recognises that markets can provide the right amount and type of generation capacity to meet demands from users, if they are well designed, free of regulatory distortions and sufficiently connected to the EU electricity network. This is where the requirement to reform electricity markets stems from. Capacity mechanisms should only be introduced to address residual adequacy problems that cannot be solved by removing distortions.

Member States are therefore required to adopt measures to eliminate the identified distortions. In the plan, they must also include a timeline for the implementation.

The objective of this consultation is to seek your views on the measures proposed by Germany in its implementation plan. In your assessment, please consider whether the measures can contribute towards the removal of existing regulatory distortions and market failures.

The Commission will issue its opinion taking into account the feedback it receives from this consultation.

How to submit your contribution

Respondents can submit their comments and opinions to the functional mailbox by 6 July 2021:

Please read the specific privacy statement for this consultation regarding the collection and use of your personal data provided on this occasion and the rights and obligation deriving therein. In case you would like to keep your submission confidential, please indicate so in your submission.

We welcome your contribution in any official language of the European Union. However, we would prefer receiving your contribution in English.

Reference document

Contact details

Responsible service: DG Energy, Unit C.3 Internal Energy Market

Postal address

European Commission

Directorate General for Energy

Unit C3 - Internal Energy Market

1049 Brussels