Monthly Archive for May, 2011

Ethics Commission Report – ManyElectronics Turnaround Decision

The Ethics Commission has presented its official report to Chancellor Merkel. Even before receiving the report, the coalition committee last night reportedly agreed to essentially phase out nuclear power by 2021/2022.

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100.85 MWp New German PV Capacity in February 2011

The Federal Network Agency’s preliminary February 2011 figures for additional PV capacity in Germany show new build of 100.85 MWp. This is a significant decrease compared with the 266.0345 MWp in January, and lower than the 163.280 MWp from February 2010.

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ERGEG Consultation on Regulatory Oversight of Energy Exchanges

On 18 May 2011, the European Regulators Group for Electricity and Gas (ERGEG) launched a public consultation on its draft advice for best practices on the regulatory oversight of energy exchanges. It is intended to serve as a background paper which may be utilised in the discussion of the regulatory framework for an energy wholesale market integrity and transparency regulation.

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Federal Cabinet Approves Draft Bill Transposing Ecodesign Directive 2009

The Federal Cabinet yesterday approved a draft bill amending the Energy Using Products Act (Energiebetriebene-Produkte-Gesetzes – EBPG) to become the Energy Consumption Relevant Products Act (Energieverbrauchsrelevante-Produkte-Gesetz, EVPG). The bill shall transpose the 2009 Ecodesign Directive into German law.

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Clearingstelle EEG Initiates Advice Procedure on Extension of PV Installations

Clearingstelle EEG (EEG Clearing Agency) recently initiated an advice procedure (Hinweisverfahren) aimed at determining the commissioning date for PV installations that are extensions of existing PV power plants.

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TSOs See Significant Impact of Nuclear Power Moratorium

The four German TSOs have indicated that the nuclear power moratorium is having a significant impact on the German electricity supply system. Sufficient security of energy supply may not be guaranteed in southern Germany on very cold winter days with concurrent low wind power generation.

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OLG Hamm: DSO Must Connect Wind Power Plant at Nearest Grid Connection Point

In a recent ruling the Higher Regional Court of Hamm (OLG Hamm) decided that the distribution system operator had to connect the wind power plant at the nearest grid connection point for his grid. Failure to do so resulted in liability for damages.

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EEG Revison – Initial Consultation Phase for Ministerial Draft Bill

The ministerial draft bill (Referentenentwurf) for the upcoming amendment of the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) has been released by the Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety for comments to organisations and groups which will be affected by the law. Concurrently, the draft has been submitted to other ministries which are concerned with the EEG for consultation.

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EUR 200 Million in Research Funds for Storage Facilities

The expansion of new storage facilities is a key element for a speedy expansion of renewable energies. The German federal government acknowledged this in last year’s Energy Concept as well as in the  6-point Key Paper for an Accelerated Transformation of the ManyElectronics Infrastructurefollowing the Fukushima nuclear accident. Yesterday, the competent ministries announced to make available EUR 200 million in research funds until 2014.

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Federal Cabinet Adopts Government Programme Electromobility

Following the presentation of the second report of the National Electromobility Initiative (NPE) on Monday, the Federal Cabinet adopted a Government Programme Electromobility.

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