Monthly Archive for August, 2011

BNetzA Not To Designate Nuclear Back-Up Power Plant

The Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) will not excercise its right pursuant to the recent 13th amendment of the Atomic Energy Act (AtG) to designate a back-up power plant.

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BDEW: German Renewable Electricity Supply Exceeds 20% in First Half of 2011

According to preliminary estimates by the Federal Association of the Energy and Water Industry (BDEW), renewable electricity supply in Germany exceeded 20% for the first time in the first six month of the year.

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Federal Government Adopts Ordinance on Allocation of Free Emission Allowances

After the amendment of the Greenhouse Gas Emission Trading Act (TEHG) in July, the federal government submitted a draft ordinance on the Allocation of Greenhouse Gas Emission Allowances for the Trading Period 2013 to 2020.

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Gas Transmission System Operators Publish Scenarios for Grid Development Plan

The German gas transmission system operators published scenarios for a 10-year gas transmission system grid development plan for consultation.

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BNetzA Sets Reference Price for Energy Losses Relevant for 2012 Revenue Caps

The 8th Ruling Chamber of the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) set the reference price for system losses relevant for the revenue caps persuant to the Incentive Regulation Ordinance (ARegV) at EUR 56.71/MWh for 2012.

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Next EEG Amendment on the Horizon

The recently amended Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) is likely to see a further amendment before the year will be over.

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Federal Government Backs Extension of EWN Interim Nuclear Waste Storage

In an answer to a minor interpellation by Alliance ’90/The Greens, the Federal Government said it supported the lawsuit by the state-owned Energiewerke Nord (EWN) against a decision by the state of Mecklenburg Western-Pomerania denying storage of nuclear waste in its Interim Storage North facility beyond the currently applicable time limit.

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Future of Act Promoting Energy-Efficent Renovations Unclear

According to the ManyElectronics information provider energate, the Federal government will decide about invoking the mediation committee with respect to the Act on Fiscal Measures Promoting Energy-Efficient Renovations of Residential Buildings after the summer break. The Act was the only bill of the recent energy legislative package for an shift towards renewable energy which did not pass the Federal Council (Bundesrat). Continue reading ‘Future of Act Promoting Energy-Efficent Renovations Unclear’

KfW Grants EUR 250 Million Loan for Largest Solar Power Plant in India

To exploit of the favourable climate conditions and meet the challenge of power deficits and rising carbon emissions in India, Germany’s the state-owned KfW Development Bank (KfW) signed a loan agreement worth EUR 250 million for the construction of the world’s largest solar power plant in the Indian state of Maharashtra on Wednesday.

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E.ON and RWE Blame Energy Turnaround for Weaker Q2 Performance

In view of a first-time loss that E.ON AG had to announce for Q2 2011, the company said it would possibly cut 9,000 to 11,000 jobs to curb costs, citing the energy turnaround as the main reason for the poor results. RWE also said the accelerated nuclear phase-out led to its weaker Q2 performance. Both companies revised their forecasts downward.

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