Rumors about a fairly short extension of the operating time of the German nuclear power plants combined with only one additional tax have been published by Süddeutsche Zeitung (SZ) and Financial Times Deutschland (FTD). Ministries also differ on how long a “moderate” extension is that would not require consent from the Federal Council (Bundesrat): 2 years and 4 months (Ministry of Justice – BMJ) or 10 years and 8 months (Ministry of the Interior – BMI).
Monthly Archive for August, 2010
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Many big newspapers today carried full-page advertisements to influence the German debate over the upcoming energy concept in favour of nuclear power and coal. Forty-one high-ranking German CEOs and business representatives signed the “Energiepolitischer Appell” (energy policy appeal) with their position for a preferable future energy policy. The move comes ahead of the energy concept the German government under Chancellor Angela Merkel is to publish at the end of September.
The 11th Senate of the Higher Administrative Court of Münster (OVG Münster) dismissed the action brought by BUND against a high voltage line intended to connect E.ON’s building project for a coal-fired power plant in Datteln to the grid.
Despite somewhat conflicting statements by the different ministries involved, it looks like a decision about the much debated nuclear fuel elements tax will not be taken on 1 September when the government will decide about an austerity package, media reports say.
The Federal Government finally adopted the revised Gas Grid Access Ordinance (Gasnetzzugangsverordnung – GasNVZ) today. It shall lead to more competition in the gas market. Continue reading ‘New Gas Grid Access Ordinance Adopted’
In the hope to get a sizeable share of the new smart metering business, telecommunications companies such as Deutsche Telekom are entering the smart metering market, competing with the utilities, Handelsblatt reports.
The Federal Administrative Court (Bundesverwaltungsgericht – BVerwG) on 22 July 2010 handed down its first substantial ruling regarding grid modernization pursant to the Energy Line Extension Act (Gesetz zum Ausbau von Energieleitungen – Energieleitungsausbaugesetz – EnLAG). The court dismissed a petition seeking injunctive relief against a plan determination procedure (Planfeststellungsverfahren) regarding a new 110-/380 kV extra high voltage line.
The First Act to Amend the Renewable Energy Sources Act (Erstes Gesetz zur Änderung des Erneuerbare-Energien-Gesetzes) of 11 August 2010 has been promulgated in the Federal Law Gazette (Bundesgesetzblatt) today. With this, the mid-year reduction of the German solar feed-in tariffs has become effective retroactively as of 1 July 2010.
Continue reading ‘German Mid-Year Solar Feed-in Tariff Reduction Promulgated’
Chancellor Angela Merkel will tour Germany in the second half of August, informing herself about the energy situation and the latest industry developments.
Smart meters cannot help reduce energy costs as much as anticipated, the magazine Spiegel writes. On the contrary, new studies showed that they can even drive up costs.