Monthly Archive for July, 2010

Röttgen Suggests State Guarantees to Support Offshore Wind Power

In an interview with the newspaper Hamburger Abendblatt, Federal Minister for the Environment Norbert Röttgen said that he wanted to facilitate investments in wind power. He would also support state guarantees to facilitate financing of offshore wind parks.

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More Than 3 GW of Newly Installed German PV Capacity in First Six Months of 2010

The Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur) expects German additional installed photovoltaic capacity to exceed 3 GW in the first six months of 2010. Between January and June, Bundesnetzagentur received about 135,000 notices of new systems. More than 50,000 arrived in June alone. Continue reading ‘More Than 3 GW of Newly Installed German PV Capacity in First Six Months of 2010’

Plans to Increase Energy and Electricity Tax

In an effort to reduce subsidies, the finance ministry is planning to reduce electricity and energy tax reductions, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) reports. According to the paper, the finance ministry has sent a draft bill amending the Electricity Tax Act (Stromsteuergesetz – StromStG) and the Energy Tax Act (Energiesteuergesetz – EnergieStG) to the other ministries involved.

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Forsa Poll Shows Growing Support for Nuclear Energy in Germany

Amid the heated debate among German political parties over the issue of extending the operating times of the German nuclear power plants, a new poll conducted by the reknowned research institute Forsa for the weekly magazine Focus shows growing support for nuclear power in Germany.

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Federal Network Agency Workshop on Technology Options to Cover Capacity Needs in Transmission Networks

The Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur) has published the results of its workshop on technology options to cover capacity needs in transmission networks of 9 July 2010.  Continue reading ‘Federal Network Agency Workshop on Technology Options to Cover Capacity Needs in Transmission Networks’

President of Ifo Institute Calls for New Nuclear Power Plants

Not only does Prof. Hans-Werner Sinn, President of Ifo Institute for Economic Research, favour an extension of the operating time of the German nuclear power stations, he also calls for new ones, reports Süddeutsche Zeitung (SZ).

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Further Additional Tax for Nuclear Power Extension?

Apart from introducing a nuclear fuel rod tax in the amount of EUR 2.3 billion per year, the government is reportedly planning to raise an additional tax in return for an extension of the operating times of the German nuclear power plants. All in all, the government wants the operators to pay between EUR 4 to 5 billion annually.

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Permitting Problems for Offshore Wind Park Foundations?

Financial Times Deutschland (FTD) yesterday reported that the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (Bundesamt für Naturschutz – BfN) denies wind parks the necessary permits for the foundations for nature conservation reasons.  BfN today rejected the report as faulty.

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BGH Rules on Price Increase in Gas Contracts for Special Customers

In two rulings against the North German utility EWE AG based in Oldenburg, the Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof – BGH) held that EWE did not have a statutory right to raise prices pursuant to AVBGasV, as the relevant statutory provision only applied to so-called tariff customers (Tarifkunden).  The plaintiffs were special customers (Sonderkunden) to which the statutory tariff provisions did not apply. The BGH reversed the rulings of the lower instance.

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German Solar Feed-in Tariff Success – At What Cost?

The success of the German solar feed-in tariffs – and the recent discussion around their reduction – is fueling the debate over the cost of solar electricity generation. Continue reading ‘German Solar Feed-in Tariff Success – At What Cost?’