Austria

Technical standards for biomethane and natural gas

The Austrian Gas Act (GWG) regulates the general framework conditions for the integration of biogas, and grants non-discriminatory, but not priority, grid access for biogenic gases. Distribution companies are obliged to establish General Distribution System Conditions which need to be approved by the E-Control Commission. Still to be determined in the distribution system conditions, the quality requirements and possible integration points relevant to the integration and transport of biogenic gases must be determined. The distribution system operator charges the plant operator those expenses incurred through the initial establishment of the connection of the biogas plant to the distribution grid in the form of a grid access fee. These costs are beared entirely by the biogas suppliers.