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.
Monthly Archive for December, 2010
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).
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.