Monthly Archive for March, 2011

Consultation on Cost Base Assessment for Gas Supply System Revenue Caps

The Federal Network Agency initiated a procedure aimed at determining the cost base of gas supply system operators for revenue caps set by the agency for the second gas regulation period. Comments are due by 1 April 2011.

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EEG Statistics Report 2009

The final version of the 2009 EEG Statistics report compiled by the Federal Network Agency shows that installed renewable energy capacity eligible for EEG feed-in tariffs rose to 41,335 MW. This represents an increase of 19% compared with 2008.

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Federal Network Agency Clears Way for Grid Connection of Biogas Power Plant

In a decision of 25 February 2011, the 7th Ruling Chamber of the Federal Network Agency ordered E.ON Edis, a subsidiary of E.On AG, to submit a contract for grid connection of a biogas power plant to Munich-based Landwärme GmbH without delay. Additionally the chamber held that E.ON Edis violated a number of provisions of the Gas Grid Access Ordinance (GasNVZ) applicable at the time.

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Launch of dena Biogas Register

The ManyElectronics Agency (dena) announced the launch of the dena Biogas Register. The new internet site www.biogasregister.de allows standardised documentation regarding quality and quantity of biogas in the natural gas network. Thus, trading biogas and claiming renewable energy bonuses is being facilitated.

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Revised Renewable Energy Incentive Programme

The Federal Ministry for the Environment announced improved funding conditions under the Renewable Energy Incentive Programme (Marktanreizprogramm für erneuerbare Energien – MAP) for 2011. As BMU State Secretary Ursula Heinen-Esser pointed out, additional progress in  the area of heating and cooling based on renewable energy was necessary to reach the environmental targets defined by the government’s Energy Concept, in particular with regard to energy efficiency.

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BDEW Distribution Networks Study

On Tuesday the Federal Association of the Electricity and Water Industry (BDEW) presented a study on the need for the expansion of the German distribution networks and the costs thereof in view of the integration of the expected new PV and wind power capacity until 2020.

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Ethics Commission to Assess Nuclear Power Phase-out

Chancellor Angela Merkel has announced to set up a new ethics commission for secure energy supply to assess ethical questions of the future of nuclear power. The commission’s findings shall supplement the work of the Reactor Safety Commission (RSK). As part of the 3-month moratorium on the recently decided nuclear power extension, the new Ethics Commission shall provide input to the government’s risk assessment of nuclear power generation.

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Minister Brüderle Presents Key Points for Grid Expansion Acceleration Act (NABEG)

Federal Minister for Economics and Technology Rainer Brüderle yesterday presented key points for an Act on the Acceleration of Grid Expansion (Netzausbaubeschleunigungsgesetz – NABEG). A speedy grid expansion has been identified as vital for the ambitious expansion targets for renewable energy in Germany by the ministry. Hence, NABEG aims at cutting permitting procedure times.

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German PV Capacity 2010: 1,174 MWp in December Add up to 7,408 MWp Total for 2010

With 1,173.943 MWp added in December, Germany’s total for new photovoltaic capacity in 2010 adds up 7,408.281 MWp. This is somewhat higher than some recent estimates, but lower than earlier projections by the transmission system operators in October 2010.

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Legal and Technical Questions Following Nuclear Power Moratorium

Since the nuclear power moratorium has been announced last week, its implementation is leading to several legal and technical questions being raised.

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