Monthly Archive for September, 2009

Nordseewerke Emden Will Produce Wind Turbine Components Instead of Container Ships

The advisory board of the technology group Thyssen-Krupp decided in favour of withdrawing from the container ship market due to lack of demand.  Its subsidiary Nordseewerke Emden will be sold to Siag Schaaf Industrie AG.   Continue reading ‘Nordseewerke Emden Will Produce Wind Turbine Components Instead of Container Ships’

Sector Ordinance (SektVO) Changes Public Procurement Rules for Energy Sector

The Ordinance on Awarding Contracts in the Areas of Transport, Drinking Water and Energy Supply (Verordnung über die Vergabe von Aufträgen im Bereich Verkehr, der Trinkwasserversorgung und der Energieversorgung – Sektorenverordnung – SektVO) of 23 September 2009 was published in the Federal Law Gazette on 28 September 2009. Continue reading ‘Sector Ordinance (SektVO) Changes Public Procurement Rules for Energy Sector’

BGH: Obligation to Transfer Gas and Electricity Grid after End of Concession

Energy utilities are obliged to comply with previous contractual agreements to transfer ownership for local gas and electricity grids when the concession ends, the Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof – BGH) decided on 29 September 2009. Continue reading ‘BGH: Obligation to Transfer Gas and Electricity Grid after End of Concession’

Commission: Poland and Estonia Currently Not Allowed to Issue Additional Emission Allowances

The EU commission is in the process of examing the rulings of the Court of First Instance (as of 1 December 2009 renamed to General Court) which lead to the annullment of Commission Decisions concerning the National Allocations plans (NAPs) for emissions allowances for the Republics of Poland and Estonia for the period from 2008 to 2012, EU Commissioner Stavros Dimas said. Continue reading ‘Commission: Poland and Estonia Currently Not Allowed to Issue Additional Emission Allowances’

New Energy Savings Ordinance 2009 Enters into Force 1 October 2009

The 2009 Energy Savings Ordinance (Energieeinsparverordnung – EnEV 2009) will enter into force on 1 October 2009.  It will tighten the requirements concerning the energy consumption for all building projects that are subject to approval.  Continue reading ‘New Energy Savings Ordinance 2009 Enters into Force 1 October 2009’

Reduction of Solar Feed-in Tariffs After General Elections?

Spiegel Online reports that political pressure is increasing to reduce financial support for solar power after the general elections on 27 September 2009. Continue reading ‘Reduction of Solar Feed-in Tariffs After General Elections?’

Abusive Practices Proceedings Started for Heating Power

The German Federal Cartel Office (Bundeskartellamt) has initiated proceedings to investigate potential abusive practices by providers of heating power (Heizstrom). Continue reading ‘Abusive Practices Proceedings Started for Heating Power’

Nuclear Energy Strategy Paper Leaked

The Green Party made available a nuclear energy strategy paper reportedly prepared for E.ON Kernkraft GmbH on how to positively influence the political and public debate in favour of nuclear energy. Continue reading ‘Nuclear Energy Strategy Paper Leaked’

Court of First Instance Annuls Commission Decisions on Allocation Plans for Poland and Estonia

In two judgments on 23 September 2009, the European Court of First Instance annulled Commission Decisions concerning the National Allocations plans (NAPs) for emissions allowances for the Republics of Poland and Estonia for the period from 2008 to 2012. Continue reading ‘Court of First Instance Annuls Commission Decisions on Allocation Plans for Poland and Estonia’

Emissions Trading: Member States Approve List of Carbon Leakage Sectors

On 18 September 2009 EU Member States approved a draft Decision listing 164 industrial sectors and sub-sectors deemed to be exposed to carbon leakage. Continue reading ‘Emissions Trading: Member States Approve List of Carbon Leakage Sectors’