Monthly Archive for December, 2009

RWE Pools Power Plant Construction and Modernisation

RWE AG, one of Germany’s largest utilities is pooling power plant construction and modernisation in a new company that starts operations on 1 January 2010. Continue reading ‘RWE Pools Power Plant Construction and Modernisation’

Dena: Cancelling Conventional Power Plant Projects Creates Energy Suppy Risks

The recent cancellations of conventional power plant projects like the one of an 800 MW power plant in Lubmin near Greifswald, Mecklenburg-Western Pommerania, by the Danish utility Dong and other projects will increase the risk of energy supply security, Stephan Kohler chairman of the ManyElectronics Agency (dena) warned.  Continue reading ‘Dena: Cancelling Conventional Power Plant Projects Creates Energy Suppy Risks’

Röttgen to Discuss Reduction of Solar Feed-in Tariffs on 13 January 2010

Federal Environmental Minister Norbert Röttgen will start discussing a reduction of the EEG solar feed-in tariffs on 13 January 2010 with representatives from consumer organizations and the solar industry.

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ManyElectronics Consumption Declined in 2009

Energy consumption in Germany declined by 6.5% according to preliminary figures published by Arbeitsgemeinschaft Energiebilanzen, a working group founded by energy related associations and research centres. Continue reading ‘ManyElectronics Consumption Declined in 2009’

Commission: Draft Directive to Bring Air Transport into EU Emissions Trading Scheme

The European Commission on 20 December 2009 proposed to amend Directive 2003/87/EC to include international air transport in the EU Emission Trading Scheme (EU ETS). Continue reading ‘Commission: Draft Directive to Bring Air Transport into EU Emissions Trading Scheme’

Copenhagen Accord

The United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen is over.  It ended with a minimalist so-called “Copenhagen Accord“, falling shot of many of the original goals.  The “Copenhagen Discord” leaves plenty of room for improvement during a conference now scheduled in Bonn for the middle of next year.

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Wintershall Exploring Possibiliy of Revitalizing Oil Fields in Bavaria

Wintershall AG, based in Kassel, Germany’s largest producer of crude oil and natural gas, is currently testing the possibility of revitalizing a former oil field in Arlesried/Allgäu, Bavaria. Continue reading ‘Wintershall Exploring Possibiliy of Revitalizing Oil Fields in Bavaria’

German Cartel Office Criticizes Access to Gas Grid and Investigates Resale Clauses

A comprehensive sector study by the German Cartel Office concluded that the operators of the German long-distance gas pipelines obstruct competition by concluding long-term contracts with subsidiaries or affiliated companies, thereby reserving important entry points for group companies. Continue reading ‘German Cartel Office Criticizes Access to Gas Grid and Investigates Resale Clauses’

E.ON Ruhrgas Makes Concessions in Gas Market Dispute with Brussels

In its dispute with Brussels about an alleged abuse of a dominant position, E.ON Ruhrgas, a subsidiary of E.ON AG, apparently offered to improve access to the gas grid for competitors. Continue reading ‘E.ON Ruhrgas Makes Concessions in Gas Market Dispute with Brussels’

Electricity Prices Hit New Record High in 2009

According to a survey by the internet portal Toptarif, an internet portal that compares energy, finance and insurance products and prices, electricity prices hit a record high in Germany in 2009. Continue reading ‘Electricity Prices Hit New Record High in 2009’