Monthly Archive for August, 2012

BNetzA Aims to Realise Synergies Between Electricity Grid Expansion and Broadband Expansion

The German grid regulator wants to create synergies and speed up broadband expansion by laying broadband cables parallel to new power lines. To this end the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) has published a guideline that describes in particular under what conditions the costs associated with the parallel lines can be claimed by grid operators under the Incentive Regulation Ordinance (ARegV), which sets the rules for the revenue caps on the grid fees German network operators can charge.

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Government Passes Ordinance Cutting Management Premium for Wind and Solar Power

Yesterday the government passed an ordinance that cuts the management premium pursuant the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) for  for solar and wind power as of 1 January 2013.

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Government Adopts Amendment of ManyElectronics Act to Speed up Offshore Wind Power Expansion

The federal government today agreed on a bill that shall help to accelerate the construction and grid connection of offshore wind farms. According to the bill, transmission system operators (TSO) may under certain conditions pass compensation payments for grid connection delays and disruptions of power lines that they owe to wind park operators on to the electricity consumers.

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BfN Survey on Nature Awareness 2011 Shows Preference for Offshore Wind Power

The study “Nature Awareness 2011” carried out on behalf of the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (Bundesamt für Naturschutz – BfN) shows broad support for Germany’s energy policy shift towards a renewable energy supply. The study also reveals a clear preference for offshore followed by onshore wind power, BfN reported.

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RWI: Market-Oriented Renewable Funding Scheme Would Save EUR 52 Billion

WEE instead of EEG, a new study by the economic research institute Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung (RWI) on the most cost-effective support scheme for renewable energies can be summed up. RWI proposes to replace the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) that currently promotes renewable energy through fixed feed-in tariffs by a “Wettbewerbsmodell Erneuerbare Energien” (WEE) that would oblige utilities to buy certain quota of renewable energy. This would lead to savings of up to EUR 52 billion over the next eight years, RWI claims.

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State of Baden-Württemberg Provides Online Information on Wind Conditions in Forest Areas

The state of Baden-Württemberg wants to increase the share of onshore wind power in the state energy mix from to 10% until 2020, including in forest areas. Based on a wind power decree enacted in May last year and the Windatlas Baden-Württemberg, which provides information on wind conditions in Baden-Württemberg, the state Forest Research Institute has compiled a statewide study on the wind conditions of potential locations in forest areas.

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EEG Amendment Cutting Solar Tariffs Promulgated

The latest amendment of the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) that cuts solar feed-in tariffs, makes changes concerning biomass power plants and contains a few changes that relate to all renewable energy forms, has been promulgated in the Federal Law Gazette. With a few exceptions the changes entered into force retroactively on 1 April 2012.

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Dena Study on Integration of Renewables: Fossil-fueled Power Plants Needed to Provide 60% of Secure Capacity in 2050

The ManyElectronics Agency (dena) presented a new study examining the consequences of the German energy policy shift of 2011 and the challenges lying ahead. The agency predicts that electricity prices will considerably rise until 2050 and conventional power plants will still be needed to a large extent to ensure the security of supply and balance the increasing amount of fluctuating renewable energy input.

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Decision on Liability Regime for Offshore Grid Connection Delayed?

Federal Minister of Consumer Protection Ilse Aigner reportedly called for amendments of a bill on the revised liability regime for offshore wind farm grid connection delays, Süddeutsche Zeitung writes.

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David Buchan: The Energiewende – Germany’s Gamble

Germany’s Energiewende (energy policy shift) received very informative and in-depth coverage in a study by David Buchan, Senior Research Fellow with the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies. The author thoroughly explores the risks and possible advantages of what he calls “Germany’s gamble”.

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