Monthly Archive for January, 2012

Revised Offshore Installations Ordinance (SeeAnlV) Enters Into Force

The revised Offshore Installations Ordinance (Seeanlagenverordnung – SeeAnlV) entered into force today after having been promulgated yesterday. The revision shall speed up permitting procedures, in particular for offshore wind farms.
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BWE: Wind Power Growth Rebounds in 2011

Wind power rebounded in Germany in 2011 after a weaker 2010, confirming forecasts, the German Wind Energy Association (BWE) and the German Engineering Federation (VDMA) said.

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Solar Feed-in Tariff Cut in April?

Federal Environment Minister Norbert Röttgen (CDU) wants an extra solar feed-in tariff cut to become effective on 1 April 2012, Reuters reported after a meeting of the parliamentary party leaders of the ruling CDU/CSU and FDP coalition on Wednesday.

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Meeting of Central Eastern European Electricity Forums Deals with Loop Flows Following ManyElectronics Strategy Shift

A meeting of the Central Eastern European Electricity Forum (CEEE Forum) at the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi) yesterday dealt with the cooperation between transmission system operators regarding the implementation of the necessary measures to reach an internal EU electricity market by 2014, impediments for the electricity trade and also unscheduled loop flows in the Central Eastern European Region, BMWi reported.

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Rhineland-Palatinate: Wind Power Given Priority in State Development Programme for Expansion of Renewables

The state government of Rhineland-Palatinate in a first reading approved an update of the State Development Programme (LEP IV) for the Expansion of Renewable Energy. The programme intends to increase the share of renewable energy sources to 100% by 2030. Wind power shall play a key role. Thus a number of LEP IV amendments aim at facilitating in particular wind power expansion.

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F.A.Z.: BMWi Draft Ordinance on Electricity Demand Side Management

The Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi) is preparing a new ordinance regulating demand side management and allowing network operators to shed large loads to avoid grid overload, the newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) reports.

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New Monthly or Quarterly Solar Feed-in Tariff Cuts?

Initial information after a meeting of Federal Environment Minister Norbert Röttgen with representatives of the solar industry suggests that the 2011 solar boom might lead to monthly or at least quarterly solar feed-in tariff cuts but not result in a higher reduction than the maximum reduction of 24%.

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New Funding for Micro CHP Plants

The Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) published a new guideline on the promotion of micro combined heat and power plants (micro CHP) with an installed capacity of up to 20 kW.

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Solar Feed-in Tariffs Under Review

He wanted to maintain the feed-in tariff promotion scheme under the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG), but discuss further cuts of solar feed-in tariffs with industry, Federal Minister of the Environment Norbert Röttgen (CDU) said at an annual energy industry conference in Berlin. His comments came as a reaction to calls by his colleague Economics Minister Philipp Rösler for a system change due to surging costs following the strong expansion in particular of PV installations in Germany in 2011.

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EEG Clearing Agency Starts Consultation Regarding PV Installations Near Motorways and Railways

Clearingstelle EEG (EEG Clearing Agency), which serves interested parties with regard to the interpretation and disputes relating to the EEG, has started a consultation in a new advice procedure (Hinweisverfahren) concerning PV systems that are installed within a distance of up to 110 metres to motorways and railways.

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