Monthly Archive for May, 2012

New Federal Environment Minister Peter Altmaier Announces 10-Point Programme Before Summer Break

The new Federal Environment Minister Peter Altmaier has presented initial elements of his political agenda as minister. He announced to present a 10-point programme before the summer break. It shall contain projects that he wants to implement before the elections in 2013. He is optimistic to reach a national consensus for the  energy policy shift within the next six month between the Federal States, the energy sector  and environmental organizations. 

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European Commission: State Aid Rules for ETS Post 2012 Electricity Costs and for CCS Ready Power Plants

The European Commission has adopted a framework under which Member states may compensate certain electro-intensive users for part of the higher electricity costs expected to result from a tightening of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) as from 2013.

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Grid Development Plan Consultation: 3,800 km of New Power Lines and Grid Modernisation

The four German transmission system operators (TSOs) Amprion GmbH, 50Hertz Transmission GmbH, Tennet TSO GmbH and Transnet BW GmbH have presented the first national ten-year grid development plan. It contains measures to modernise, enhance and extend the electricity networks that the TSOs consider necessary over the next ten years. The grid development plan is up for public consultation from 30 May to 10 July 2012.

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26.6 GW PV Capacity at End of Q1 2012 – More Than 22 GW Solar Generation on 25/26 May

According to preliminary figures from the German Federal Network Agency (BNetzA), newly installed PV capacity in the first three months was about 1,800 MWp. As of 31 March 2012, this would bring Germany’s total of installed PV capacity to 26.6 GWp. According to data from the EEX transparency platform, last Friday’s solar generation peaked at 22.4 GW, with Saturday not far behind at 22.2 GW, both at 12:45.

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BVerwG Denies Preliminary Injunction Against Extra-high Voltage Line Connecting Thuringia and Bavaria

In a decision of 24 May 2012 (ref. no. 7 VR 4.12) the Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig (BVerwG) did not grant preliminary relief against the plan determination decision (Planfeststellungsbeschluss) for the 380 kV extra-high voltage power line between Vieselbach near Erfurt and Altenfeld, both located in Thuringia. Hence the construction of this part of the 210 km-long so-called Thuringian power bridge (Thüringer Stromstrombrücke) can begin.

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Parliament Adopts Amendment of Combined Heat and Power Act

With the votes of the ruling Conservative/Liberal coalition, the German Bundestag (Parliament) adopted an amendment of the Combined Heat and Power Act (KWKG – ref. no. 17/8801 as amended by the Economics Committee, ref. no. 17/9617). The bill aims to increase the share of combined heat and power in the ManyElectronics mix from roughly 15% to date to 25% by 2020.

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Government and Federal States to Meet Twice a Year to Coordinate Energy Policy Shift

At yesterday’s meeting of Chancellor Angela Merkel with the state premiers and the Ministers of Economics and Technology, Philipp Rösler, and the new Environment Minister Peter Altmaier, the federal government and the federal states agreed to work closer together to coordinate and implement the energy policy shift away from nuclear power towards a renewable energy supply. Chancellor Merkel will meet semi-annually with the state premiers to discuss progress and the tasks lying ahead, the government announced.

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Munich Stock Exchange to Discontinue Trade with CO2 Emission Certificates

The Munich Stock Exchange (Bayerische Börse) announced that it is to discontinue trading with CO2 emission certificates on 30 June 2012. Trade volume at the European Stock Exchanges dramatically decreased to almost zero over the previous months, so that there was not enough volume for a functioning, liquid market, Munich Stock Exchange said.

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BNetzA Specifies Procedure for Data Collection for 2nd Regulation Period for Grid Charges in Electricity Sector

The German grid regulator, the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) determined the procedure for collecting the data concerning the cost verification of the operation of electricity grids. The data is needed to establish the base level for setting the revenue caps on grid charges for the second regulation period pursuant to Incentive Regulation Ordinance (ARegV). The decisions handed down apply to the states of Thuringa, Berlin, Brandenburg, Bremen, Mecklenburg Western-Pomerania, Lower Saxony, Schleswig Holstein and the federal territory (Bundesgebiet). The second regulation period in the electricity sector starts 2014.

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OLG Frankfurt: Contractor Subject to EEG and KWKG Surcharge

In a decision of late April, the Higher Regional Court of Frankfurt (OLG Frankfurt) dismissed the appeal of a contractor against the ruling of the prior instance that had ordered him to pay an electricity bill including the surcharges pursuant to the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) and the Combined Heat and Power Act (KWKG).

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