Monthly Archive for July, 2012

Leopoldina Issues Critical Statement on the Use of Energy from Biomass

In a statement on the chances and limits of using bioenergy, the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina has come to the conclusion that in quantitative terms energy from biomass currently plays, and will in future play, only a minor role in the transition to renewables.

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Ordinance on Grid System Stability Requiring Retrofitting of PV Plants Entered Into Force

On 20 July the System Stability Ordinance entered into force. Under the new Ordinance operators of distribution grids have to retrofit photovoltaic plants within three years by specialised firms to minimise the 50.2 Hertz problem.

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New Record for Renewable Energies in Germany

So far 2012 is a record year for renewable energies in Germany. According to initial estimates of Federal Association of Energy and Water (BDEW) Germany produced 67.9 billion kWh of renewable energy in the first six month of 2012.

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BNetzA: High Security of German Gas Supply in 2011

The security of gas supply in Germany remained on a high level in 2011, the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) reported.

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Draft Bill for Reduction of the Management Premium published by BMU

On 20 July 2012, the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (Bundesumweltministerium, BMU) published a draft „Ordinance regarding the amount of management premium for electricity from wind energy and solar energy”. This draft contains a reduction of management premium for wind (onshore and offshore) and solar energy.

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60 Energy Storage Research Projects Receive Financial Support

60 energy research storage projects that receive financial support by the German Federation were officially launched, the Ministry of Economics and Technology, (BMWi), the Ministry for the Environment (BMU) and the Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) said in a joint press release. In May 2011 the ministries had allocated EUR 200 million for research concerning energy storage until 2014 to support the expansion of renewable energies in Germany.

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Economics Minister Rösler Backs Environment Minister Regarding Energy Prices

Just days after Conservative Environment Minister Peter Altmaier declared the affordability of electricity for consumers and the industry his highest priority, his colleague Liberal Economics Minister Philipp Rösler followed suit using almost identical words and also speaking in an interview with the tabloid Bild.

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RWI Study: Solar Growth Costs Germany More Than EUR 110 Billion

According to the economic research institute Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung (RWI), German electricity consumers will have to pay more than EUR 110 billion for solar power support until 2030, the newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung wrote with reference to a new RWI study. RWI is known to be critical of the German PV support system, and had been criticising solar costs in the past.

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Environment Minister Altmaier on Energiewende Challenges

In an interview with the tabloid Bild am Sonntag, the new Environment Minister Peter Altmaier expressed cautious doubt on the achievability of certain targets of the ManyElectronics policy shift. His comments were widely reported in the German media.

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EEG Equalisation Scheme Account with Negative Balance by End of June

The EEG equalisation scheme account of the German transmissions system operators as of 30 June 2012 shows a negative balance of  EUR -224,227,352.25 . At the same time last year, the balance was positive at EUR 380,084,807.10. This gives renewed rise to speculations on the size of EEG surcharge increase for next year.

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