Monthly Archive for April, 2011

266 MWp New German PV Capacity in January 2011

The Federal Network Agency’s preliminary January 2011 figures for additional PV capacity in Germany show a slightly higher figure than in January 2010 (01/2011: 266.035 MWp; 01/2010: 222.247 MWp). As of 31 January 2011, total German PV capacity added up to 17.59 GWp.

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Energy Provisions in Coalition Agreement for Incoming Green/SPD Government in Baden-Württemberg

The Green Party of the state of Baden-Württemberg, which enjoyed the biggest electoral gains in the recent state election, and the Socialist Party agreed on a coalition agreement for their term in office. With sustainability being declared as one of the five guidelines for future policy, the incoming government wants to put an ecological modernisation high on the agenda, announcing a transformation of the energy infrastructure and an end to nuclear power.

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BGH Ruling on Date of Commissioning of Renewable Power Plants

Confirming and supplementing a ruling of May 2008, the Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof – BGH) held that the date of the commissioning of a power plant generating power from renewable sources is the date of the initial start of operations after its technical operational readiness has been established. This also applies if conventional fuel is needed for the start-up process.

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BNetzA: Proposal for Standardisation of Redispatch Rules to Ensure Network Stability

The Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) has initiated proceedings aimed at determining redispatch rules for power plants connected to the German high and extra-high voltage network. The new rules shall contribute to ensuring network stability.

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Federal Network Agency Publishes EEG Feed-in Management Guideline

The Federal Network Agency has published a guideline covering feed-in management pursuant to the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG).

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Dena: Cost Estimate for ManyElectronics Infrastructure Transformation

The ManyElectronics Agency said it considered a nuclear phase-out until 2020/2025 feasible and put a (first) price tag on the government’s plans for an accelerated transformation of the ManyElectronics infrastructure annouced last week.

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Tight Timeframe for Accelerated Transformation of ManyElectronics Infrastructure

The German Federation and the Federal States want to phase-out nuclear energy earlier than previously envisaged. They intend to accelerate the transition towards renewable energy supply in Germany. The government will present the necessary draft acts in June, Chancellor Angela Merkel said after an energy summit with the 16 state premiers from the Länder.
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Federal Network Agency Sets New Rules for Tendering Control Reserve

The Federal Network Agency has set new rules for tendering primary and secondary control reserve as well as disclosure obligations. The rules shall facilitate access to the control reserve market for new and for smaller market participants, while at the same time creating more flexibility and thus more competition. 

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Oil & Gas IQ Podcasts on Nuclear Power Moratorium, Shutdown Orders and Lawsuit

The information portal Oil & Gas IQ now has two podcasts with Tim Haidar and myself talking about the German nuclear power moratorium following the Fukushima nuclear desaster, subsequent shutdown orders for seven nuclear power plants and a lawsuit challenging the shutdown.

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Federal Cabinet Approves Draft CCS Bill

The German government approved a draft bill for a German federal statute transposing Directive 2009/31/EC on the geological storage of carbon dioxide, allowing for CCS demonstration projects.

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