The Reactor Safety Commission (RSK) and the Federal Minister for the Environment Norbert Röttgen have presented the results of RSK’s safety checks of all 17 German nuclear power plants. The 116 page report does not contain a specific recommendation whether or not to close down for good the seven oldest nuclear power plants or the Krümmel nuclear power plant near Hamburg. Execept for Krümmel, these plants have been temporarily shut down in the wake of the moratorium.
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The National Electromobility Initiative (Nationale Plattform Elektromobilität – NPE) submitted a second report to Chancellor Angela Merkel containing an analysis of the potential of electromobility and strategies to achieve the government’s goal of having one million electric cars on German roads by 2020. The government in turn announced to adopt a “Government Programme Electromobility” (Regierungsprogramm Elektromobilität) on 18 May 2011.
Further details of the legislative schedule for Germany’s post-Fukushima energy turnaround are emerging. As reported by different newspapers and magazines, the Federal Cabinet is planning to decide about its energy package on 6 June 2011. The energy package shall contain major amendments of 7 statutes and 1 ordinance. If everything goes according to plan, the Federal Council (Bundesrat) shall pass its final vote on the amendments on 8 July 2011 during its last ordinary session before the summer recess.
The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) handed down an important ruling in the Trianel Lünen power plant case. The decision deals with rights of environmental protection organisations to contest decisions that are likely to have significant effects on the environment. The CJEU held that in the Trianel Lünen case the right to contest the permit applied for European law reasons, even where national procedural laws otherwise would not permit this.
In an interview with the newspaper Frankfurter Rundschau, the new Green Environment Minister Franz Untersteller of Baden-Württemberg suggested that EnBW considers a sale of its transmission network to fund investments in renewable energies and new efficient gas-fired power plants.
While Technology Minister Rainer Brüderle yesterday met with the state energy ministers, Chancellor Merkel met with the heads of the parliamentary party leaders to discuss the planned accelerated transformation of the ManyElectronics infrastructure. Her party, the CDU, meanwhile presented a proposal for a roadmap towards an age of renewable energy supply.
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Federal Minister of Economics and Technology Rainer Brüderle yesterday met with the energy ministers of the sixteen German states to discuss grid expansion, power plant construction and storage technologies in view of the planned accelerated transformation of the ManyElectronics infrastructure.
Energy Provisions in Coalition Agreement of Incoming SPD/Green Government in Rhineland-Palatinate
The incoming SPD/Green government for Rhineland-Palatinate has presented its coalition agreement. Regarding energy, the new government stresses that it wants to focus on energy-efficiency and energy savings, the expansion of renewable energies and decentralising supply.
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The Federal Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) on Friday published a draft of its Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) Progress Report (Erfahrungsbericht 2011 zum Erneuerbare-Energien-Gesetz – EEG-Erfahrungsbericht).
The Federal Ministry of the Environment (BMU) yesterday published a summary of the recommendations for further action contained in the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) progress report. The German Bundestag (Parliament) still has to receive the report formally from the federal government.