The Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Protection and Nuclear Safety is currently examining the possibility to auction off an an extended operating time for the existing 17 German nuclear power plants, a number of newspapers reported. Auctions would be made to be subject to the safety of the respective plants.
Monthly Archive for July, 2010
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Federal Minister for the Environment Norbert Röttgen and Federal Minister of Economics Rainer Brüderle presented key elements of a bill today which provides the legal framework for testing the capture, transportation, and permanent storage of CO2 (CCS). Continue reading ‘Ministers for Environment and Economics Present Key Elements of New CCS Bill’
The Federal Council (Bundesrat) cleared the way for the compromise mid-year reduction of the German Solar Feed-in Tariffs. The compromise had been agreed in the Mediation Committe on Monday and voted on by the German Parliament (Bundestag) yesterday. Continue reading ‘Bundesrat Clears Way for Compromise on German Solar Feed-in Tariff Reduction’
The German Bundestag today consented to the compromise for the two-step reduction for German solar feed-in tariffs agreed at the Mediation Committee (Vermittlungsausschuss) meeting on 5 July 2010. The Bundesrat shall vote on the compromise on 9 July 2010. Continue reading ‘Bundestag agrees with Solar Feed-in Tariff Reduction Compromise’
The Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety has reportedly started the inter-ministerial coordination process for the German Carbon Capture and Storage Act. The government shall decide about the introduction of the draft bill at the beginning of September, writes Handelsblatt.
Continue reading ‘German CCS Act Scheduled for Cabinet Decision in September’
Bundestag Lifts Budget Freeze for Renewable Energy Incentive Programme
The Budget Committee of the Bundestag (German Parliament) decided to lift the budget freeze for the incentive program for renewable energy (Marktanreizprogramm – MAP) with immediate effect. Hence, funds in the amount of EUR 115 million are again available for promoting renewable energy in the heat market.
Continue reading ‘Bundestag Lifts Budget Freeze for Renewable Energy Incentive Programme’
The Berlin-based energy broker, Ampere AG, brought a test case against RWE AG for allegedly incorrect billing with regard to renewable costs under the EEG apportionment scheme.
The Mediation Committee (Vermittlungsausschuss) reportedly reached a compromise to reduce the German solar feed-in tariffs. Continue reading ‘Mediation Committee Compromise over German Solar Feed-in Tariff Reduction’
Reducing EU and world CO2 emissions by 50% by 2050 is most likely to require the use of carbon capture and storage (CCS). An overview of the German legal CCS regime is now available on this page. Continue reading ‘Overview German Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Law’
Protests by the nuclear power plant operators may lead to the government abandoning its plan to raise a nuclear fuel elements tax of EUR 2.3 billion per year, writes Rheinische Post.