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The IME-VO (Austrian Smart Metering Devices Introduction
           In June 2017, an agreement was reached by the governing
                                                         Ordinance)  was  amended  in  December  2017.  The  2017
           parties on the form of the Green Electricity (Amendment)
                                                         amendment  to  the  IME-VO  stipulates  that  by  the  end  of
           Act (“Kleine Ökostromnovelle”). In the area of photovoltaics,
                                                         2020  at  least  80%,  and  within  the  framework  of  the
           there  will  be  a  new  fund  for  investments  in  plants  and
                                                         technical feasibility by the end of 2022 at least 95%, of the
           storage facilities of EUR 30m for the years 2018 and 2019. In
                                                         metering points connected to the grid are to be equipped
           addition,  there  will  be  a  special  fund  for  small-scale
                                                         with smart meters.
           hydroelectric power plants totalling EUR 3.5m in the years
           2017 and 2018. There is a special allocation for wind power
           amounting  to  EUR 45m.  The  amendment  thus  offers
           improvements  that  are  urgently  needed  to  press  ahead   As part of the multiple-year incentives regulation system,
           with the restructuring of the energy system.   the new SNE-VO (2017 amendment to the 2012 system user
                                                         charge  ordinance)  came  into  effect  on  1 January  2017
                                                         based on the third regulatory period for electricity (2014 to
                                                         2018). System user charges were adjusted from 1 January
           The currently unlimited trading between the German and
                                                         2017  in  line  with  the  amendment.  For  an  average
           Austrian  electricity  markets  will  be  restricted  from
                                                         household, this entails a decrease of approximately 0.3%.
           1 October 2018. The market regulators of the two countries,
           Bundesnetzagentur  (BNetzA)  and  E-Control,  respectively,
           reached a compromise at the level of half of the Austrian
           consumption at peak times. The peaks in the exchange of   In the course of the second regulatory period for gas (2013
           electricity  will  be  capped  in  future;  electricity  trading   to 2017), the new GSNE-VO (2017 amendment to the 2013
           between  the  traditionally  well-integrated  markets  will   system user charge ordinance for natural gas) came into
           however  still  be  possible  on  a  large  scale  in  future.  An   effect on 1 January 2017 on the basis of the multiple-year
           amount of 4.9 GW can be allocated for long-term capacities.   incentives  regulation  system.  System  user  charges  were
           This  corresponds  to  roughly  half  of  the  consumption  at   adjusted from 1 January 2017 in line with the amendment.
           peak times in Austria. To a large extent, electricity trading   For  an  average  household,  this  entails  a  decrease  of
           between Germany and Austria thus remains open at the   approximately 3.7%.
           level needed.

                                                         This ordinance applies the same systematic changes for the
           The  ministers  for  the  environment  from  the  EU  Member   area of natural gas monitoring made in the 2016 electricity
           States  discussed  the  revision  of  the  European  emissions   statistics  ordinance,  as  published  in  the  Austrian  Federal
           trading system (ETS) and, following negotiations, drafted a   Gazette (BGBl II 17/2016).
           new policy, thereby making a further contribution to the
           reduction of CO2 emissions of at least 40% by 2030. At the
           UN  Climate  Change  Conference  in  Bonn,  the  EU  Parties   This ordinance applies the same systematic changes for the
           agreed  to  expedite  the  shortage  of  available  emission   area of natural gas statistics made in the 2016 electricity
           allowances.                                   statistics  ordinance,  as  published  in  the  Austrian  Federal
                                                         Gazette (BGBl II 17/2016).
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