Monthly Archive for November, 2011

CEER Publishes Final Advice on the Introduction of a Europe-Wide Energy Wholesale Trading Passport

The Council of European Energy Regulators (CEER) has presented a paper that proposes to introduce a Europe-wide Energy Wholesale Trading Passport, which sets uniform standards and replaces national regulatory access regimes respectively introduces them for the first time in some EU countries. This would create a level playing field and reduce bureaucracy, in particular for trading companies active in more than one country, CREER says.

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EVPG Law Transposing Ecodesign Directive 2009 Entered into Force

The Energy Consumption Relevant Products Act (EVPG), an amendment of the Energy Using Products Act (EBPG), has entered into force. The EVPG transposes the Ecodesign Directive 2009/125/EC into German law.

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Federal Network Agency Releases Monitoring Report 2011

The Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) has released its Monitoring Report 2011. It documents, analyses and evaluates the developments in the German electricity and gas markets in 2010 with regard to generation and transport (grids) as well as the wholesale and retail trade. The report shows the progress made in the regulated markets and sees a need for further action in the (regulated) grid sector and the upstream and downstream sectors.

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Legality of New Grid Fee Exemption for Privileged Grid Usage Questioned

The utility Elektrizitätswerke Schönau (EWS) located in the Black Forest said it doubted the legality of the Section 19 StromNEV surcharge due to grid fee exemptions for energy-intensive enterprises. It announced to submit its opinion to the German grid regulator, the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA).

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NRW Bans Fracking Until Presentation of Expert Opinion in 2012

The coalition government of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia stopped drilling with the controversial fracking method and all preparations thereto until the presentation of an expert opinion in 2012, the Economics Ministry and the Environment Ministry stated in a decree. It was addressed to the district government of Arnsberg, the mining authority that examines applications for drilling permits in NRW.

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OVG Berlin: No Fine if False but Certified TEHG Emissions Report Is Submitted

The Emissions Trading Authority (DEHSt) may not impose a fine if a false, but certified emissions report pursuant to the Greenhouse Gas Emission Trading Act (TEHG) has been submitted, the Higher Administrative Court of the states of Berlin and Brandenburg (OVG Berlin Brandenburg) decided.

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TSOs Launch Joint Website for Grid Development Plan

The four German transmission system operators (TSOs) have launched a joint website to provide transparent and competent information as well as a platform to interact with interested parties regarding the new grid development plan.

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TSOs Publish Preliminary 2011/2012 Grid Surcharges due to Privileged Grid Usage

The German transmission system operators (TSOs) have published the surcharges on grid fees for 2011 and 2012 due to priviledged grid usage.  This grid surcharge covers lost grid revenue due to atypical grid usage and grid fee exemptions for energy-intensive enterprises.

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BMU Defends Solar Feed-in Tariffs in View of Renewed Discussion

Reacting to a renewed discussion about solar feed-in tariffs, the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Protection and Nuclear Safety (BMU) has defended the EEG solar feed-in scheme and its recent amendments, saying they were already proving effective in cutting costs.

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BNetzA: Security of Electricity and Gas Supply Remained High in 2010

The security of the electricity and gas supply remained high in Germany in 2010, the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) reported.

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