Monthly Archive for September, 2011

BNetzA Limits Pooling of Points of Supply Under StromNEV

The 8th Ruling Chamber of the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) has issued a decision limiting the pooling of points of supply pursuant to the Electricity Grid Charges Ordinance (Stromnetzentgeltverordnung – StromNEV).

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EFET Demands Strengthening of Market-Related Mechanisms Instead of Capacity Markets

Contribution to the discussion about introducing capacity markets, the German Section of the European Federation of Energy Traders (EFET) demanded to strengthen market-related mechanisms particulary regarding renewable energy to ensure the security of supply.

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Oettinger: German EEG Surcharge Moving Towards 6 ct/kWh

Given the current German system of fixed feed-in tariffs for renewable energy, German EU Energy Commissionar Günther Oettinger sees the EEG reallocation charge moving towards 6 ct/kWh, the news agency Reuters reports. With the EEG surcharge, end consumers pay for the difference between the guaranteed feed-in tariffs and the sale of the renewable energy at the EEX energy exchange.

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EEG Clearing Agency Clarifies Requirements for Premium on Hydro Power Feed-in Tariffs

Pursuant to Section 23 Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG 2009) operators of hydropower plants commissioned prior to 1 January 2009 and modernised after 31 December 2008 can claim feed-in tariffs that differ and are (on the whole) higher than the regular fixed feed-in tariffs the EEG provides for hydro power plants. Clearingstelle EEG (EEG Clearing Agency), which serves interested parties with regard to the interpretation and disputes relating to the EEG, has now clarified the requirements under which the special feed-in tariffs are paid.

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BNetzA Consultation on Sale of EEG Electricity by Transmission System Operators

Since 1 January 2010 the four German transmission system operators (TSO) sell electricity from renewable energy sources for which fixed feed-in tariffs are paid in accordance with the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) at the spotmarket of the EEX electricity exchange. The Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) is currently in the process of drafting an evaluation report on the Equalisation Scheme Ordinance (AusglMechV), which forms the legal basis for the EEG electricity sale at the EEX. As the AusglMechV also provides for the possibility to assign third parties with the sale of the EEG electricity, the agency has started a consultation process.

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Bundesrat Rejects CCS Law

Today, the Bundesrat (Federal Council) rejected the Bundestag’s (German Parliament’s) proposal for an Act on the Demonstration and Implementation of Technologies for Carbon Capture, Transport and Permanent Storage of C02 (CCS Act).  Continue reading ‘Bundesrat Rejects CCS Law’

FH Münster: Smart Meters Potential Surveillance Devices

Smart meters are potentially capable of becoming a surveillance device, the University of Applied Science of Münster’s Laboratory for IT Security warns.

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Study Recommends Retrofitting of PV Power Plants to Solve 50.2 Hz Problem

A study conducted on behalf of the four German transmission system operators, the PV trade association BSW Solar and Forum network technology/network operation in the Association of Electrical, Electronic and Information Technologies (VDE/FNN) recommends retrofitting roughly 315,000 PV power plants to solve the mounting 50.2 Hz problem for networks due to rising decentralised input by PV systems.

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Hamburg Finance Court: Constitutionality of Nuclear Fuel Rod Tax Seriously Doubtful

In a preliminary injunction procedure, the 4th Senate of the Finance Court of Hamburg expressed serious doubt as to the legality of the nuclear fuel rod tax that is levied as of 1 January 2011. The court therefore granted preliminary relief to a nuclear power plant operator.

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DEHSt Publishes July 2011 Report on Auctioning of Emission Allowances in Germany

The Emissions Trading Authority (DEHSt) at the Federal Environment Agency (UBA) has published its July 2011 report on emission allowance (EUA) auctioning. DEHSt has wide ranging competences with respect to emission trading in Germany.

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