Monthly Archive for June, 2011

First BGH Decisions Concerning Incentive Regulation Ordinance

In its first decisions concerning the Incentive Regulation Ordinance (Anreizregulierungsverordnung – ARegV), the Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof – BGH) clarified some controversial issues regarding the ARegV.
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BDEW Presents Q1 2011 Renewable Statistics

The Federal Association of the Energy and Water Industry (BDEW) presented new figures on renewable energy output for Q1 2011. The figures were presented in connection with a call for improved investment conditions for modern and flexible conventional power plants that can help balance the grids in an age of a constantly increasing intermittent renewable energy supply.

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Expert Hearing in Parliament Committee for Economics and Technology on Energy Turnaround Bills

Yesterday, the Bundestag Committee for Economics and Technology held an expert hearing on two draft bills that form part of the government’s proposed nuclear phase-out and the accelerated shift to an age of renewable energy supply. The experts invited gave their opinions regarding the Act Amending Energy Law related Provisions (ref. no. 17/6248 = 17/6072) and the Act on Measures Accelerating the Expansion of the Electricity Grids (ref. no. 17/6249 = 17/6073).

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Greens Support Coalition’s 2022 Nuclear Phase-Out

On Saturday, a majority at the party convention of Bündnis ’90/The Greens voted in favour of a recommendation for the parliamentary group of the party to vote Yes in on the government’s proposed German nuclear phase-out in 2022 on 30 June 2011.

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EEG Clearingstelle Concludes Advice Procedure Regarding PV Installations in Business Parks and Industrial Estates

Clearingstelle EEG (EEG Clearing Agency) concluded an advice procedure (Hinweisverfahren) regarding PV installations in business parks and industrial estates.

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EEG 2004: Commissioning Date of PV Modules Exchanged Due to Defects

Clearingstelle EEG (EEG Clearing Agency) has issued a recommendation (ref. no. 2008/19) regarding the commissioning date of PV modules pursuant to the Renewable Energy Sources Act 2004 (EEG 2004) that were exchanged due to defects.

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NRW Cabinet Adopts Climate Protection Act

The SPD/Green government of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) adopted a Climate Protection Act. The draft bill is the first of its kind in the sixteen German states.

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RWE and E.ON File Lawsuit Against Nuclear Fuel Rod Tax

According to media reports, RWE AG and E.ON AG filed a lawsuit against the nuclear fuel rod tax levied on newly installed rods in their jointly operated nuclear power plant Gundremmingen.

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RVR Decision in Favour of E.ON’s Datteln Coal-fired Power Plant Project

E.ON’s construction project of a 1100 MW coal-fired power plant in Datteln (Datteln 4) has cleared another hurdle. Construction had to stop partially after the Higher Administrative Court in Münster (OVG Münster) had declared the zoning plan for the respective area void. Now the regional association for the Ruhr valley area (Regionalverband Ruhr) decided in favour of  continuing a regional planning procedure amendment (Regionalplanänderungsverfahren).

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VAT Treatment for Small PV and Hydro Power Plants

The Federal Ministry of Finance (BMF) confirmed acceptance of a facilitated VAT treatment for small PV and hydro power plants with a capacity of up to 30 kW.

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