What are capacity fees?

Modified on: Wed, 27 Apr, 2022 at 12:53 PM



The final price of a capacity booking comprises the regulated tariff, auction surcharges (if there are any) and additional capacity fees. Those fees are charges which you must pay for necessary infrastructural services related to the allocation of capacity. As such, capacity fees may consist of a flat rate or a factor multiplied by the runtime or the capacity amount. Different fees are applicable at distinct network points and for distinct operators.

Types of Fees

1. Measurement Fee: a fee charged for the use of pressure reduction points. The amount is determined by the number of metering stations along the grid.

2. Biogas Fee: a fee levied for the transmission of biogas - a pass-through fee, as it were. This fee is generally charged at exit points across the German market.

3. Operation Fee: a fee charged for additional operational costs on the part of the operator.

4. Accounting Fee: a fee charged for additional accounting costs on the part of the operator.

5. Quality Conversion Fee: a fee levied for the conversion of high-calorific to low-calorific gas. This fee is meant to disincentivise such conversions. No fees apply for the conversion of low-calorific to high-calorific gas.

6. Neutrality Fee: to compensate for balancing costs, a neutrality fee may be levied.

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