Persistent unbundling and prevention of cross-subsidies.
In order to ensure that electricity and gas grids are available to all users without discrimination, there should be no more integrated companies, i.e. those companies whose grid business has not been separated from their activities in generation and sales. The only way to warrant neutral grids is to persistently separate these areas. It is the only way to ultimately prevent companies from receiving competition-distorting subsidies from the revenues of affiliated grid operations. This is the reason why the still insufficient unbundling requirements must be developed further with determination, especially on the level of small, local distribution grids.

Efficiency and transparency for the grid monopoly.
Electricity and gas grids are so-called natural monopolies and must be regulated in order to protect consumers against excessively high costs. Ongoing regulation by the Federal Network Agency must keep track of these costs and at the same time ensure high quality grids. High transparency standards are also urgently needed: After all, the information of a monopoly does not require protection; a monopoly does not have any business secrets. However, affiliated companies – i.e. those with their own grid – still have much more information today than grid-independent companies. It is high time that this discrepancy of information will be eliminated.
 
Secure, standardised and automated processes.
Uniform processes throughout Germany for all market players are a prerequisite for equal and discrimination-free access to grids – and hence for functioning competition. We demand that the existing processes be consistently adhered to and applied by all, and most notably by small grid operators. 
 
Strengthening national energy markets and the EU Single Market. 
Reducing the gas market territories to just one territory is essential for efficient gas trading and low market entry barriers. When it comes to electricity, bne is committed to the creation of a single electricity regulation zone and is promoting the competitive design of smart grids and smart markets. At European level, interconnectors have to be expanded in order to enable efficient flows of energy in exchange with European neighbours and hence secure sustainable supply.
 
An efficient energy generation sector. 
The energy transition is set to continue. Renewable energy has to be integrated into the market now. The geographical development of this source of energy and its timing must be co-ordinated with the expansion of the grid and other developments in the energy sector.
 
Creating a thriving market for energy services.
The energy turnaround calls for a thriving market for energy services. bne is committed to smart, market-oriented energy efficiency policy and to determined liberalisation of metering that provides solutions for the smart markets of tomorrow.