Monthly Archive for October, 2010

Commission Approves State Aid for Alpha Ventus Offshore Wind Park

The European Commission has authorised Germany under EU state aid rules to provide EUR 30 million aid for Alpha Ventus, Germany’s first off-shore wind park.
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Federal Network Agency Publishes September PV Figures and 2011 Solar Feed-in Tariffs

The Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur) has published the latest September solar capacity figures and the expected 13% reduction in solar feed-in tariffs for 2011. Depending on type and size of the PV installation, the feed-in tariffs for new installations in 2011 will be between EUR 0.2111 and 0.2874/kWh.

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Federal Network Agency Orders DB Energie to Provide Grid Access

The Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur), the German grid regulator, ordered DB Energie GmbH, a subsidiary of Deutsche Bahn (German Rail) to provide grid access for third parties supplying energy to end customers connected to its grid by 1 February 2011 at the latest.

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Bundestag Votes in Favour of Nuclear Power Extension and Energy Concept

After a controversial debate, the German Parliament (Bundestag) voted in favour of two amendments of the Atomic Energy Act (AtG). Bundestag also cleared two new laws concerning an energy and climate fund and a nuclear fuel rod tax. The government’s recently presented Energy Concept also got parliamentary approval.

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Clearingstelle EEG Initiates Biomass Bonus Consultation

The Renewable Energy Act (EEG) provides for a  bonus of 3 Cent/kWh on top of the standard biomass feed-in tariffs if the electricity is generated from renewable resources or manure (Section 27 para 4 no. 2 EEG). Clearingstelle EEG (EEG Clearing Agency) recently initiated an advice procedure (Hinweisverfahren) with respect to the interpretation and interplay of the applicable bonus provisions.

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Lower Increase of Energy and Electricity Tax?

After Chancellor Merkel had announced a review of the governments plans to revoke tax exemptions for the manufacturing industry with respect to the Electricity Tax Act (Stromsteuergesetz – StromStG) and the Energy Tax Act (Energiesteuergesetz – EnergieStG) in late September, Frankfurter Allgemeine and Focus report that the government agreed on a lower increase of the energy and electricity tax as previously planned. Tax losses shall be compensated by an increase of the tobacco tax.

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Environment Committee Hearing About Nuclear Power Extension

Yesterday’s expert hearing held by the Parliamentary Committee for the Environment, Nature Protection and Nuclear Safety confirmed that the assessment of potential security risks continues to differ greatly. Continue reading ‘Environment Committee Hearing About Nuclear Power Extension’

Stromwatch 3 Study: High Electricity Prices Due to Little Competition

Shortly before the German Parliament will decide about an extension of the operating times of the German nuclear power plants on 28 October, a controversial study commissioned by Bündnis ’90/Die Grünen criticizes a lack of competition in the German electricity market.

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TÜV Rheinland Survey Shows High Interest in Electric Cars – RWE Introduces First Electric Serial Cars

54% of the 1,000 participants of a TÜV Rheinland survey said they would consider buying an electric car within the next five years. Continue reading ‘TÜV Rheinland Survey Shows High Interest in Electric Cars – RWE Introduces First Electric Serial Cars’

E.ON Tests Smart Grid Ability of Peugot iOn Electric Cars

E.ON announced to test 60 Peugeot iOn electric vehicles in two communities in Lower Saxony. During the field test, the households of the test drivers shall be integrated into a smart grid for the first time.

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