Author Archive for Stefanie Blasberg

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EEG 2.0: Consultation on Auctioning Procedure for Photovoltaic Projects

While Germany is celebrating the world championship, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) didn’t take a break and launched today a consultation on the auctioning procedure for photovoltaic projects.

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EEG 2.0 passes Bundesrat

In its last session before the summer recess, the Federal Council (Bundesrat) followed the vote of the Bundestag (Parliament) of 27 June 2014 regarding the revision of the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG).  Now Federal President  (Bundespräsident) Joachim Gauck is due to sign the bill before the EEG reform package can enter into force on 1 August.

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EEG 2.0: Legislative Process on Track

After the Bundestag has voted on the EEG revision on 27 June, now only the Federal Council (Bunderat) has to approve the revision. The decision of the Federal Council has been scheduled for July 11.

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Higher Fees for EEG Surcharge Reduction Applications for Energy Intensive Companies

The revision of the EEG 2014 leads to further changes for energy-intensive companies. Today the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) published a draft ordinance regarding the adjustment of fees for applications under the special equalisation scheme. Continue reading ‘Higher Fees for EEG Surcharge Reduction Applications for Energy Intensive Companies’

EEG 2.0: BMWi Working Draft for Revision of Renewable Energy Sources Act

The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (“BMWi”) has drafted a first working version of a revised German Renewables Energy Sources Act (EEG). This first draft led to further clarification on the EEG 2.0 project, i.e. the reform of the EEG. The draft further specifies the elements presented earlier in the key point paper of BMWi , especially regarding the feed-in tariffs. It also contains some new provisions, which were not previously contained in the key point paper.

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BAFA Publishes Figures on Reduction of EEG Surcharge for Energy Intensive Companies

The Federal Office of Economics and Export Control (BAFA) has published information regarding the reduction of the surcharge promoting renewable energy sources in Germany (“EEG-surcharge”) for energy-intensive companies and rail operators. According to these figures the amount of privileged companies increased by 378 companies from 1,720 in 2013 to 2098 in 2014.

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BDEW: Majority of German Population Still Supports Energy Transition – New Figures for the Heat Market

The German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW) has presented new figures regarding the acceptance of the phase-out of nuclear energy and the expansion of renewables energy and the heat market.

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FAZ: RWE Announces Shut-Down of Power Plants in Germany and The Netherlands

After the announcement of E.ON to shut down power plants in Europe with a total capacity of 11,000 MW by 2015, the second largest ManyElectronics supplier is likely to follow. RWE plans to close plants with a total capacity of 3.100 MW in Germany and the Netherlands, with further cuts under consideration, as newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) reports.

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European Commission: Increase of Intra-European Energy Trade Despite Decreased Energy Consumption

The European Commission published its “Quarterly Report on European Electricity Markets”. Energy consumption decreased by 0.7% in 2013 compared to the first three months of the previous year. The development is to be explained primarily by the continuing economic recession, as also the GDP decreased by o.7%. A closer examination of the respective sectors reveals that the recession hit the important energy consumers industry and construction even harder, leading to a reduction of 4.8%.

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BMWi: Revised Guideline on Compensation of Indirect CO2 Expenses

After publication on 6 August 2013 in the Federal Register (Bundesanzeiger), the revised guideline on state aid measures regarding indirect CO2 expenses has come into force. The revised guideline was approved by the European Commission.

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