In a decision issued last week, the Federal Network Agency, the German grid regulator, set new rules concerning gas grid capacity management. The decision is aimed at improving access to the gas transmission network. The new rules complement and unify already existing regulations.
Monthly Archive for February, 2011
The German Bundestag (Parliament) yesterday adopted a revision of the German Renewable Energy Sources Act, including in particular the recently agreed changes for solar feed-in tariffs, for the green power privilege, and changes due to the transposition of Directive 2009/28/EC on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources.
The German Cartel Office has cleared the sale of a 51% stake in the Essen-based Evonik Steag GmbH to a holding company of seven municipal utilities located in North Rhine-Westphalia (Kommunale Beteiligungsgesellschaft GmbH). The Office also stopped antitrust proceedings against Evonik Industries AG and RWE AG relating to electricity contract clauses suspected to restrict competition.
According to a survey published yesterday by the Federal Association of the Electricity and Water Industry (BDEW), electricity generation using coal, nuclear and gas still accounted for almost 80% of German electricity consumption in 2010. Electricity generated by renewable sources rose slightly to 17%.
NRW’s minority government is planning to increase wind energy generation from 3% to at least 15% by 2020. To this end, the state Environment Ministry, the Ministry of Economics and Energy and the State Chancellery have recently submitted a new joint draft wind power decree for review by selected associations (Verbändeanhörung).
In a recent ruling, the Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof – BGH) again declared a gas price adjustment clause in a contract with a special customer void. In another gas case, it asked the European Court of Justice for a ruling.
The German government yesterday approved an amendment of the Greenhouse Gas Emission Trading Act (TEHG) transposing Directive 2009/29/EC on a greenhouse gas emission allowance trading scheme of the European Community into German law.
In connection with the upcoming German carbon capture and storage (CCS) law, Greenpeace has published a map of 408 potential German CCS storage sites. The publication came after some legal wrangling about whether information provided under the Environmental Information Act (UIG) can be published by the recipient.
Allowing network operators a higher revenue would do more harm than good, the president of the Federal Network Agency told the Handelsblatt. Instead, approval procedures for modernisation and expansion projects had to be simplified and streamlined, he said.
The Bundestag has scheduled it final second and third parliamentary reading of the Europarechtsanpassungsgesetz für Erneuerbare Energien (EAG EE) for 24 February 2011. The EAG EE shall also contain the July/September reduction of solar feed-in tariffs.