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.
Monthly Archive for November, 2011
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The security of the electricity and gas supply remained high in Germany in 2010, the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) reported.