Monthly Archive for October, 2011

BNetzA Publishes New Guidelines for Change of Electricity and Gas Supplier

The German grid regulator, the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA), published new guidelines to be observed by the parties involved in case of a change of the electricity or the gas supplier. The regulations supplement the new Section 20a ManyElectronics Act (EnWG), which will become effective in February 2012. According to the provision, a change of supplier has to be effected by the operator(s) within three weeks, starting upon receipt of notification by the grid operator of the use of his grid by the new supplier.

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BNetzA Lowers Return on Equity Rates for Electricity and Gas Grids – But Less Than Feared

The return on equity rates for the second regulation period for gas networks and for electricity networks will be lower than in the first regulation period, but less than feared by network operators and their associations. After consulting with market participants, the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) decided on a return of equity rate of 9.05%  for new installations (currently 9.29%) and 7.14% for existing installations, starting in 2013 (gas) respectively 2014 (electricity). The rates will apply for the 5 year regulation period.

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German 2012 PV Feed-in Tariff Reduction Minus 15%

The German feed-in tariff for photovoltaic installations for 2012 shall be reduced by 15%. Depending on the type of installations, the 2012 PV feed-in tariffs for newly installed systems will therefore range from 17.94 ct/kWh to 24.43 ct/kWh.

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New Consumer Energy Conciliation Body Established

The new Consumer Conciliation Body for Energy (Schlichtungsstelle Energie) has been established. The Federal Minister of Consumer Protection and the Federal Minister of Economics presented the new body with its the certificate of recognition (Anerkennungsurkunde).

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Federal Network Agency Sets New Rules for Tendering Minute Control Reserve

Following the publication of new rules for tendering primary and secondary control reserve in April this year, the German grid regulator, the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) has set new rules for tendering minute control reserve. The guideline shall facilitate access to the control reserve market for new and for smaller market entrants, while at the same time creating more flexibility and thus more competition.

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Monitoring Process for ManyElectronics Turnaround

The shift in the ManyElectronics policy following the nuclear accident in Fukushima shall be monitored regularly, the government decided. Monitoring results shall help to assess whether the implementation of the various amended laws contributes to the goal of the energy turnaround to achieve an environment-friendly, reliable and affordable energy supply.

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VIK: Energy Costs for Industrial and Commercial Consumers will Rise 9% in 2012 – EEG 2012 Market Premium Costly

Electricity costs for its members will rise by 9% on average in 2012, VIK, the association that represents the interests of industrial and commercial energy consumers, believes. The shift in the ManyElectronics policy after the Fukushima nuclear disaster causes price increases, negatively affects network stability and reduces the electricity quality for its members, VIK says.

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Commission Presents Proposal for Regulation on Guidelines for Trans-European Energy Infrastructure

The Commission has presented its proposal for a Regulation on Guidelines for Trans-European Energy Infrastructure that aims at cutting permitting times for priority projects and providing co-financing in certain cases. Major efforts are needed to modernise and expand Europe’s energy infrastructure and to interconnect networks across borders to reach Europe’s 2020 goals, the European Commission stated. Presently, permitting procedures often take very long and not all projects  are commercially viable.

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New Investors for EnBW?

The Green/Social Democrat government of the state of Baden-Württemberg is looking for new investors for EnBW AG, the magazine Manager Magazin and other publications report.

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2012 Grid Charges Rising After Court Decision

Grid charges for 2012 will rise due to a recent decision of the Federal Court of Justice (BGH) regarding a section of the Incentive Regulation Ordinance (ARegV), Berliner Zeitung (BZ) and other papers are reporting.

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