Monthly Archive for September, 2010

German Cartel Office Concludes Electric Heating Abuse Proceedings

The German Cartel Office concluded abuse proceedings against providers of electricity for night storage heaters and heat pumps. The investigated companies as well as numerous other market participants agreed to various market opening measures. In addition 13 utilities will compensate some 530,000 customers with a total of EUR 27.2 million.

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Government Reconsidering Plans to Increase Energy and Electricity Taxes

The government’s recent austerity package contained plans to increase the energy and electricity tax by revoking exemptions. This plan may be softened, Chancellor Merkel announced at an event organized by Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie (Umbrella Organization of German Industry – BDI).

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Government Adopts Energy Concept

The German Government today adopted its new Energy Concept for the period until 2050.  The final concept has been slightly modified compared to the draft from 7 September. Changes relate to various areas, including the introduction of a market transparency office, toning down the 2050 energy efficiency goals for buildings, or CO2 emission targets for cars.

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State Aid for Electromobility Networking Project

BMWi (Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology) informed that its 100th grant under its main support program for innovations of small and medium-sized companies (ZIM) went to to an electromobility networking project.

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Federal Network Agency Draft for AusglMechAV Amendment

After a consultation process, Bundesnetzagentur (Federal Network Agency) presented a draft amendment of the Equalisation Scheme Execution Ordinance (AusglMechAV). The draft contains revised rules for marketing renewable energy that network operators have to buy pursuant to the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG).

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Exploration of Gorleben as Permanent Nuclear Waste Disposal Site to Start Again

10 years after the exploration of a salt dome in Gorleben as a permanent disposal site for nuclear waste was suspended, the Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS) shall again start examining the suitability of the Gorleben site.

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High Cost for Solar Energy Threatens to Split Renewables Alliance

The German Wind Energy Association (BWE) firmly asked Bundesverband Solarwirtschaft (BSW Solar) to make specific proposals to curb the skyrocketing solar costs, the magazine Spiegel writes. BSW Solar is the interest group of the German solar energy industry. The dispute may lead to a fracticidal war in the renewables camp, the magazine warns.

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Vattenfall’s New Business Strategy Announced – Potential Divestments

Vattenfall AB today announced its new business strategy. The company wants to focus on its core markets Sweden, Germany and the Netherlands. It strives to increase profit and value creation, reduce debt and CO2 exposure. This may lead to its subsidiary Vattenfall Europe selling German coal-fired power plants, Handelsblatt writes.

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EU Energy Commissioner Oettinger: German CO2 Emission Reduction Target Ambitious

In an interview with Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ), the German EU Commissioner for Energy Günther Oettinger, a fellow member of Chancellor Merkel’s conservative CDU party, called the government’s 40% CO2 emission reduction target “ambitious”.

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President of Cartel Office Calls for Change in Support Program for Renewable Energy

Andreas Mundt, president of the German Cartel Office, said promoting renewable energy should become more market-oriented. Admitting unlimited renewable energy into the German grid at fixed feed-in tariffs was incompatible with the concept of a free market.

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