According to the definition in §2 German Electricity Tax Act (Stromsteuergesetz), companies that fall under manufacturing industry include mining and quarrying companies, processing companies, energy and water supply companies or construction companies. In accordance with §9 and §10 of the German Electricity Tax Act (Stromsteuergesetz), so far companies can receive a tax rebate of more than 10,000 euro per 1 gigawatt-hour of electricity used.
However in the future, this tax cap will be subject to three conditions:
Check whether you are one of these beneficiary companies. If you are, you should start to introduce an energy management system from 2013 and of course, provide the necessary proof pertaining to this.
Even if you are not eligible for tax caps, introducing an energy management system can still help you to gradually save energy. According to a new guideline to promote energy management, the government is obligated to offer financial support for the introduction of EnMS and thus promote the purchase of measurement technology and software through subsidies. Contact the Ministry of Economic Affairs from information about funding for which you may be eligible.