Monthly Archive for June, 2010

BDEW Calls for Incentives for Conventional Power Plants

In view of the expansion of renewables, BDEW, the federal association of the electricity and water industry, warned of a collapse of the electricity market in Germany, as conventional power plants were no longer commercially viable. Under the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG), renewables are privileged insofar as renewable energy can always be fed into the grid regardless of demand. As a result, convential power plants that are needed to balance supply and demand can only be run for shorter periods than in the past. Continue reading ‘BDEW Calls for Incentives for Conventional Power Plants’

BMU and KfW Set Up Global Climate Protection Fund

The Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) and the state-owned KfW development bank signed an agreement which launched a global climate protection fund.

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NRW Wooing BYD with Electromobility Masterplan for European Headquarters in Germany

The Chinese automaker Build Your Dreams (BYD) intends to set up its European headquarters in Germany, Henry Li, general manager of BYD’s auto export trade division, said in an interview with the newspaper Welt.

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Energy Performance Certificates Confusing for Consumers

Energy performance certificates which rate the energy efficiency of buildings are potentially more confusing than helpful for consumers, says the newspaper Welt.

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Vahrenholt: Risks for Future Acceptance of Renewable Energy

Germany must make sure that its renewable energy concept does not get too expensive. Otherwise, the acceptance of renewable energy production is likely to face serious challenges, said Prof. Dr. Fritz Vahrenholt at today’s 3rd Cleantech Conference in Munich. Continue reading ‘Vahrenholt: Risks for Future Acceptance of Renewable Energy’

Nuclear Power Talks Between Chancellor Merkel and Utilities Ends Without Specific Result

Yesterday’s ninety minute meeting about an extension of the operating times of the 17 German nuclear power plants between Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) and the heads of the four major German utilities E.ON AG, RWE AG, Vattenfall and EnBW ended without specific results.

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New Legal Opinion Says Parliament Can Pass Nuclear Power Extension without Bundesrat Consent

In a legal opinion, former Defence Minister and law professor Rupert Scholz, comes to the conclusion that the government does not need the consent of the Federal Council for an extension of the operating time of the German power plants, writes Bild Zeitung.

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German Physical Society: New Study on Future Energy Supply Challenges

Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft (German Physical Society – DPG) presented a new study on challenges the future energy supply in Germany is facing, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) writes. The study reportedly concludes inter alia that CCPP technology does not live up to expectations.

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MVV Energie Buys Wind Farm in North-East Germany

The Mannheim-based energy company MVV Energie AG has entered the wind power market by acquiring a wind farm in Plauerhagen in the state of Mecklenburg Western-Pommerania in North-East Germany.

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World Energy Council Sees Decreasing Energy Security in Germany

Risks to energy security in Germany are increasing significantly, warns a study commissioned by the German Section of the World Energy Council.

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