On Tuesday the European Parliament adopted in first reading a new Energy Efficiency Directive, which shall help to reach the Union’s 2020 target of increasing energy efficiency by 20% compared to 1990 levels. To this end the Directive provides for energy-saving measures, including the renovation of public buildings, energy-saving schemes for utilities, and energy audits for all large firms.
Monthly Archive for September, 2012
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Environmental technologies will become increasingly important for the German GDP, accounting for approximately 20% in 2025, the new “GreenTech made in Germany 3.0” environmental technologies atlas predicts. It was compiled by Roland Berger Strategy Consultants on behalf of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Protection and Nuclear Safety (BMU).
The Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) has started a public consultation on the Electricity Grid Development Plan 2012 (NEP 2012) as drawn up by the four German transmission system operators. The public is asked to comment by 2 November 2012. The respective documents as well as a preliminary assessment and an environmental report can be found online.
The 3rd Cartel Senate of the Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf (OLG) inquired with the European Commission if the exemption of grid charges pursuant to the Electricity Grid Charges Ordinance constitutes a state aid measure in the sense of Article 107 TFEU and was formally investigated by the Commission, OLG announced. The court further informed that the 3rd Cartel Senate will hold hearings in two summary proceedings on 24 October 2012. These cases concern the legality of the exemption for 2011.
Private German households will pay EUR 937 million in value added tax in 2012 on the EEG surcharge that is part of the electricity bill, the German Finance Ministry told The Left Party upon an interpellation. This is more than ten times the amount paid in 2003.
A study presented by the Federal Ministry for the Environment (BMU) and the Federal Environment Agency (UBA) on the controversial fracking technology recommends to introduce strict requirements for fracking and to take a step-by-step approach in order to test the technology in view of the ecological risks involved and the lack of experience and knowledge with regard to fracking.
Despite Germany’s energy policy shift and the shut down of eight nuclear power plants in 2011 the security of the electricity supply remained high, the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) reported.
In July 543.225 MWp of new PV capacity have been installed, the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) reported. German PV capacity in total amounted to 29.7 GWp by the end of July, with 4,916.647 MWp added this year.
In a ruling of 20 June 2012 concerning the installation of a photovoltaic power plant, the Federal Fiscal Court (BFH) has eased the obligations to provide proof for business founders who want to claim a tax deduction for investments.