Monthly Archive for May, 2010

Legal Action Against Nuclear Power Extension?

In an interview with the weekly newspaper Die Zeit, the CEO Georg Müller of the regional utility MVV Energie from Mannheim said an amendment of the Atomic Energy Act (AtG) that stipulates a gradual phase-out of nuclear energy in Germany until 2020 would invalidate investments in modern power generation plants. He did not rule out legal action. Continue reading ‘Legal Action Against Nuclear Power Extension?’

VDI: 100% Supply with Renewable Energy Until 2050 Impossible

A 100% supply with renewable energy until 2050 is impossible, said  the  Association of German Engineers (Verein Deutscher Ingenieure e.V – VDI).

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Bridging the Gap – A Nuclear or Conventional Bridge to More Renewable Energy?

On 9 June 2010 the German American Lawyers’ Association (DAJV) and the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) will host presentations and a panel discussion about “Bridging the gap – A nuclear or conventional bridge to more renewable energy?” Continue reading ‘Bridging the Gap – A Nuclear or Conventional Bridge to More Renewable Energy?’

Environment Minister Röttgen Calls for Expansion of CDMs and Emission Trading at Carbon Expo

In his opening speech at Carbon Expo, Federal Environment Minister Norbert Röttgen called for an expansion of Clean Development Mechanisms (CDMs) and emission trading. Continue reading ‘Environment Minister Röttgen Calls for Expansion of CDMs and Emission Trading at Carbon Expo’

BVerwG Upholds Wind Energy Concentration Zone Restrictions

In a ruling on 20 May 2010, the Federal Administrative Court (Bundesverwaltungsgericht – BVerwG) upheld restrictions established by a wind energy concetrations zone in a land development plan (Flächennutzungsplan) of the town of Karben in Hesse.

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Federal Network Agency Approves New Extra-High Voltage Line in NRW

The Bundesnetzagentur (Federal Network Agency), the German grid regulator, took an important decision for the expansion of the electricity grid in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) by approving the investment budget for a new extra-high voltage power line from Kruckel to Dauersberg last Friday. Continue reading ‘Federal Network Agency Approves New Extra-High Voltage Line in NRW’

Decision to Extend Nuclear Power May Come Before New Energy Concept

The government may decide on the extension of the operating life of the nuclear power plants before presenting its energy concept for Germany in autumn, Süddeutsche Zeitung (SZ) reported. Continue reading ‘Decision to Extend Nuclear Power May Come Before New Energy Concept’

Opposition Against Raising EU 2020 C02 Emission Reduction Target to 30%

The German and the French Ministers of Economic Affairs as well as the German trade associations BDI and DIHK are opposed to EU Commission plans to unilaterally raise the EU’s 2020 emission reduction target for CO2 emissions from 20% to 30%, write Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) and Handelsblatt. Continue reading ‘Opposition Against Raising EU 2020 C02 Emission Reduction Target to 30%’

Federal Cabinet Agrees Amendment of Gas Grid Access Ordinance

The draft amendment of the Gas Grid Access Ordinance was adopted by the Federal Cabinet yesterday. It is intended to create greater competition in the German gas market.  Federal Minister Rainer Brüderle even called it a sea change. Continue reading ‘Federal Cabinet Agrees Amendment of Gas Grid Access Ordinance’

Bosch-Siemens’ Energy Efficient Home Appliances in High Demand Despite Financial Crisis

Bosch-Siemens (BSH) reaps the benefit of having recognised the energy-efficiency trend for home appliances early on. The sales of BSH super-efficient home appliances in 2009 tripled in Europe compared to the previous year despite the economic crises. They meanwhile account for approximately one fifth of total sales. Continue reading ‘Bosch-Siemens’ Energy Efficient Home Appliances in High Demand Despite Financial Crisis’