Monthly Archive for March, 2010

Berlin Commentary on Energy Law Available in April

The 2nd edition of the Berlin Commentary on Energy Law (Berliner Kommentar zum Energierecht) will start to be available in April.  On 5,145 pages, the book will comprehensively address all questions of ManyElectronics law.  Continue reading ‘Berlin Commentary on Energy Law Available in April’

German ABB Pins Hopes on Renewables and Smart Grid

The German subsidiary of the power and automation technology company ABB is pinning its hopes on renewables and the smart grid. Continue reading ‘German ABB Pins Hopes on Renewables and Smart Grid’

Incentive Program for Micro Combined Heat and Power Plants May Expire

The government intends to discontinue its incentive program for micro combined heat and power plants (Mini-KWK-Anlagen), often called “basement power plants” in Germany, the business newspaper Handelsblatt writes. Continue reading ‘Incentive Program for Micro Combined Heat and Power Plants May Expire’

Saxony-Anhalt’s Prime Minister Böhmer Calls for Direct Incentives for Solar Industry

In light of the current discussion about cuts of the solar feed-in tariffs, Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Böhmer, prime minister of the State of Saxony-Anhalt, called for a replacement of the current promotion scheme by direct incentives for the solar industry. Continue reading ‘Saxony-Anhalt’s Prime Minister Böhmer Calls for Direct Incentives for Solar Industry’

Ventizz Acquires Solar Company Sovello AG

Ventizz Capital Partners Advisory AG,, which has a focus on technology-oriented high-growth companies, acquired 100% of Sovello AG from Evergreen Solar Inc, Q-Cells SE and REC ASA for its Ventizz Capital Fund IV, L.P. Continue reading ‘Ventizz Acquires Solar Company Sovello AG’

ManyElectronics Policy a Chaotic Construction Site Says FAZ

There is no other industry that is as torn and lacking direction as the energy sector due to environmental issues dominating the energy policy, especially with regard to electricity, says Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ). Continue reading ‘ManyElectronics Policy a Chaotic Construction Site Says FAZ’

SolarWorld Expects Growing Photovoltaic Market But Falling Prices for Modules

At the annual press conference, SolarWorld CEO Frank Asbeck said he expected the German photovoltaic market to grow from 3 to 4 or 5 GW this year despite the proposed cuts of the solar feed-in tariffs. He expected international markets to grow by 30% to 10 GW.  Continue reading ‘SolarWorld Expects Growing Photovoltaic Market But Falling Prices for Modules’

BGH Declares Oil Price Linkage Clause in Gas Contracts Void

Today the Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof – BGH) ruled in two landmark cases against the gas suppliers Rheinenergie and Stadtwerke Dreieich that clauses pegging the gas price exclusively to the oil price were void. Continue reading ‘BGH Declares Oil Price Linkage Clause in Gas Contracts Void’

CDU/CSU Parliamentary Groups Want to Examine Prolonged Nuclear Phase-Out Scenario

The leadership of the parliamentary group of the Christian Democratic Party (CDU) and its Bavarian sister party the Christian Social Democrats (CSU) have asked the government to examine a nuclear phase-out scenario according to which nuclear power plants can be operated for up to 28 years longer than provided by the Atomic Energy Act. Continue reading ‘CDU/CSU Parliamentary Groups Want to Examine Prolonged Nuclear Phase-Out Scenario’

Draft Amendment of Gas Grid Access Ordinance Criticized by Trade Associations

An amendment o f the Gas Grid Access Ordinance is likely to be part of the energy concept which the CDU/CSU and FDP coalition wants to present in autumn. At a hearing at the Ministry of Economics and Technology, trade associations said the draft amendment needed to be amended itself.  Continue reading ‘Draft Amendment of Gas Grid Access Ordinance Criticized by Trade Associations’