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On 15 April 2016, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy published a draft bill for the 2016 reform of the German Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) as well as a separate draft bill regarding the development and promotion of offshore wind. With the current drafts, the government's plans to introduce competitive tender mechanisms for most renewable energy technologies starting 2017 continue to take shape.

The following Client Alert describes the principles of the tender design and the proposed amendments for onshore wind and solar PV. In Part II of our Client Alert, we will discuss the main changes for offshore wind.
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