Monthly Archive for December, 2010

BMWi/KfW SME Energy Efficiency Programme With Positive Effects

A study commissioned by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi) confirmed that the joint support programme “Energy Efficiency for SME”, which BMWi jointly offers with the state-owned KfW development bank, shows positive effects.

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Federal Network Agency Opens Consultation on Quality Element for Incentive Regulation

The German grid regulator, the Federal Network Agency, has opened a consultation process for the introduction of network reliability as a quality element in the Incentive Regulation Ordinance (Anreizregulierungsverordnung – ARegV).

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AusglMechAV Amendment Enters into Force on 1 January 2011

On 1 January 2011, the amendment of the Equalisation Scheme Execution Ordinance (AusglMechAV) will enter into force. AuslMechAV sets the rules for transmission systems operators (TSOs) for the marketing of energy from renewable sources for which fixed feed-in tariffs are paid pursuant to the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG).

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BMU expands Support Program for Local Climate Protection Projects

The Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Protection and Nuclear Safety (BMU) has expanded its support program for climate protection projects by  local entities such as municipalities and other social and cultural organizations. The program is part of the German Climate Initiative. It has a budget of EUR 30 million.

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Share of Renewable Energy in Gross Electricity Consumption Rises to 17%

The share of renewable energy in gross electricity consumption in Germany rose to 102.3 TWh or 17% (2009: 16.4% or 95 TWh), BDEW reported based on preliminary estimates for 2010.

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Amendment of NRW Municipal Code Facilitates Energy Activities of Municipalities

The State Parliament of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) on 16 December adopted an amendment of the Municipal Code (Gemeindeordnung) to facilitate commercial activities of local utilities, in particular in the energy sector. The bill was approved with the votes of the ruling Social Democrat/Green coalition and was supported by the Left, against the votes of the CDU and the FDP.

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North Sea Port Cooperation for Offshore Wind Parks

Several North Sea ports have agreed on a cooperation to meet the rising demand by offshore wind park developers for suitable ports and logistics facilities. The ports of Brunsbüttel, Büsum, Dagebüll, Helgoland, Husum, Rendsburg-Osterrönfeld, Wyk auf Föhr, List and Hörnum presented their joint concept for the Helgoland and Sylt cluster offshore wind parks.

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Electricity and Gas Concession Agreement Guideline Issued by Federal Cartel Office and Federal Network Agency

Many of the about 20,000 gas and electricity concession agreements between municipalities and utilities for the use of public property are about to expire. A new Joint Guideline by the Federal Cartel Office and the Federal Network Agency shall provide guidance for new concession agreements, particularly in light of recent remunicipalisation developments.

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Leading Energy Experts Call on Parliament to Change EEG Feed-in Tariffs

In an unprecedented move, leading energy experts appealed to Members of Parliament to quickly and extensively reform the energy promotion scheme so as to reduce the exploding costs and save the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG), Süddeutsche Zeitung reports.

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Evonik to Sell 51% Stake in Power Plant Unit Steag to Group of Local Municipalities

Essen-based  Evonik Industries AG agreed to sell an initial 51% stake in its power plant unit Evonik Steag GmbH (Steag), Germany’s fifth largest electricity producer to a group of local municipalities, many newspapers including Rheinische Post and Handelsblatt reported.

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