Monthly Archive for September, 2012

First Parliament Reading of Rental Reform Act – Energy-Efficient Renovation

On Thursday the German Bundestag (Parliament) debated a Rental Reform Act (ref. no. 17/10485), which contains provisions to facilitate energy-efficient renovations and contracting agreements.

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Updated VKU/DST/DStGB Brochure on Concession Agreements

The Association of German Municipal Enterprises (VKU), the German Association of Cities (DST) and the German Association of Towns and Municipalities DStGB) have presented the update of their jointly published broschure on concession agreements. The brochure is intended to provide support and guidance for municipalities and municipal companies.

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German-Moroccan Energy Partnership Shall Promote Expansion of Renewable Energy

A new German-Moroccan energy partnership agreed in July and officially launched in Rabat last week shall promote the expansion of renewable energy sources in Morocco and give political backing to the Desertac project. The cooperation also extends to the expansion of power grids, energy efficiency and energy research?

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German Cartel Office Imposes Fine Against Producers of Power Transformers

The German Cartel Office has imposed fines totalling EUR 24.3 million against the producers of power transformers ABB AG, Alstom Grid GmbH, Siemens AG, and Starkstrom-Gerätebau GmbH because of restrictive agreements concerning calls for tenders.

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FAZ/EWI Energy Conference: Oettinger on Harmonsation of Renewable Support, EEG Surcharge, Loop Flows, Capacity Markets

The EU Commission is becoming increasingly displeased with Germany’s energy policy and its lack of European coordination, the newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) writes. Climate protection and energy efficiency could be better promoted on a larger scale than by individual national measures, EU Energy Commissionar Günther Oettinger said at an energy conference organised by FAZ and the Institute of Energy Economics at the University of Cologne (EWI).

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BMWI Sets up New Funding Scheme Promoting Energy-Efficiency in SME

To better tap the energy efficiency potential of industry and trade – accounting for one third of Germany’s energy consumption –  the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi) has set up a new support programme.

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BDEW Presents Latest Wind Power Data and Demands More Market Integration of Renewables

At the Husum WindEnergy 2012 Fair, the Federal Association of the Energy and Water Industry (BDEW) presented the latest data on wind power generation in the first half of 2012 in Germany. It showed an increase of 1.1% to 29.697 billion kWh compared to 29.385 billion kWh in the same period last year.

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Environment Minister Altmaier Calls on Länder to Cut Back Wind Power Expansion

After cutting solar feed-in tariffs to rein in solar expansion this summer, wind power expansion in Germany needed attention, Environment Minister Peter Altmaier said in a morning show of the public television station ZDF.  Wind power expansion in the sixteen German states had to be coordinated  and scaled back to a “reasonable level”, he demanded.

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BNetzA Update of German Power Plant Capacity, New Build and Decommissioning Announcements

The Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) has made an updated list available on the internet showing German power plant capacity as of 12 September 2012.  In addition, BNetzA published a table listing power plants under construction and plants which the operators intend to close down.

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EEG Clearing Agency Advises on Grandfathering Clause for Solar Feed-in Tariffs

Clearingstelle EEG (EEG Clearing Agency) has completed an advice procedure regarding a grandfathering clause for solar feed-in tariffs that was included in the last amendment of the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG).

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