The regional association for the Ruhr valley area (Regionalverband Ruhr) has started a new regional planning procedure for the region including the construction site of E.ON AG’s coal-fired power plant in Datteln.
Monthly Archive for November, 2010
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Yesterday, the Federal Government adopted a draft amendment of the law regulating the phase-out of hard coal funding (Steinkohlefinanzierungsgesetz) submitted by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi) under Minister Rainer Brüderle. The draft needs to be approved in the parliamentary approval process before becoming law.
The rapid expansion of PV installations causes considerable problems with respect to the forecast, the sale and the billing of electricity generated by PV installations, the Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur) found. Therefore Bundesnetzagentur released a position paper for improved forecasts and accounting of solar power input.
The German transmission system operators Amprion GmbH, 50 Hertz Transmission GmbH, EnBW Transportnetze AG and Tennt TSO GmbH (TSOs) published their EEG reallocation charge estimate for 2012 and a medium term forecast until 2015.
At least 21 utilities are planning to increase electricity prices considerably as of 2011, Süddeutsche Zeitung writes. The paper is referring to a still unpublished survey carried out by the German Renewable Energy Federation (Bundesverband Erneuerbare Energien – BEE).
The recent amendments of the Atomic Energy Act extending the operating times of the German nuclear power plants remain controversial. Several local utilities (Stadtwerke) are questioning whether the extension is compatible with EU law, and have lodged a complaint with the European Commission.
Yesterday, the Act on Energy Services and Energy Efficiency Measures (Gesetz über Energiedienstleistungen und andere Energieeffizienzmaßnahmen – EDL-G) entered into force. The EDL-G transposes EU Directive 2006/32/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on energy end-use efficiency and energy services into German law.
According to Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ), the Committee on Legal Affairs of the Federal Council considered the Council’s consent to the nuclear power extension necessary.
The Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur), the German grid regulator, informed about a still unpublished ruling by the Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof – BGH). The BGH ruling confirmed a decision by the Higher Regional Court of according to which DB Energie GmbH, a subsidiary of Deutsche Bahn (German Rail), has to seek approval of transmission grid access charges with the Federal Network Agency.
Price market coupling in the Central Western Europe (CWE) region started yesterday. The CWE region comprises Germany, France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxemburg. In addition, the Interim Tight Volume Coupling (ITVC) solution now connects the CWE region with the Nordic market via the interconnectors between Germany and Denmark and Sweden respectively.