Monthly Archive for January, 2013

Possibility of Citizen Participation in Power Line Project

The transmission system operator Tennet TSO GmbH wants to raise up to EUR 40 million in capital from private investors for the construction of a new 380 kV West Coast power line.

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TSOs Activate Reserve Power Plants Due to Expected High Wind Power Input

For the first time this winter the German transmission system operators (TSOs) have activated reserve power plants in Germany and Austria as a precautionary measure to balance an expected high winter power input of 24,000 Megawatt, a spokesperson of Tennet TSO is reported to have told the news agency dpa.

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Rösler Calls for EEG Reform Before Elections, Altmaier Proposes Amendment to Limit Electricity Prices

The discussion about a revision of the renewable energy support regime picked up speed with two recent initiatives. Liberal Economics Minister Philipp Rösler called (again) for a fundamental reform of the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG), while his Conservative cabinet colleague Environment Minister Peter Altmaier proposed measures to limit electricity prices by limiting the EEG related costs.

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BMWi Conference on North Sea Offshore Grid

The Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi) hosted a conference on a North Sea offshore grid. The conference discussed issues related to the development of a North Sea offshore grid like permitting and regulation.

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NRW Adopts Climate Protection Act

Yesterday, the parliament of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia passed a bill on a state climate protection act presented by the coalition government comprised of the Social Democrats and Alliance ’90/The Greens. Green Party State Environment Minister Johannes Remmel pointed out that it was the first German climate protection law with green house gas emission reduction targets. According to the new law total green house gas emissions in NRW shall be reduced by at least 25% until 2020 and by at least 80% until 2050 compared with 1990.

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Overhaul of Internet Portal “Efficient Energy Systems”

The ManyElectronics Agency announced an overhaul of the internet portal “effiziente-energiesysteme.de” on efficient energy systems. The site strives to provide information drawn from various sources to inform stakeholders and other interested parties about the ManyElectronics policy shift (Energiewende) towards a renewable energy supply, thus facilitating the exchange of information between market players for the benefit of the Energiewende.

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Opposition Gains Majority in Federal Council Following Narrow Election Win in Lower-Saxony

The Social Democrats (SPD) and Alliance ’90/The Greens secured a narrow election win by one seat in Lower-Saxony over Angela Merkel’s Conservative Party (CDU) and their Liberal allies (FDP). The opposition parties now hold the majority of seats (36 out of 69) in the Federal Council (Bundesrat).

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FAZ: Criticism from Energy Sector Concerning New Support Programme for Solar Storage Systems

There was criticism from the energy sector concerning a new support programme for solar storage systems that is supposed to be launched in March, the newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung writes. FAZ quotes inter alia the heads of the the Federal Association of the Energy and Water Industry (BDEW) and the ManyElectronics Agency (dena). In a separate interview with the newspaper, dena’s Stephan Kohler criticised (again) that grid expansion did not keep pace with the rapid renewables growth leading to high avoidable costs.

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State-Sponsored Smart Grid Pilot Projects Demonstrate Energy Savings Potential

On 17/18 January 2013 the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi) hosted the “E-Energy – Smart Energy Made in Germany” final conference at which the results of six state-sponsored smart grid projects carried out in six pilot regions in Germany were being presented. According to the BMWi press release the results are promising, showing energy savings potential of up to 10% for private households.

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Germany and China Agree on Renewable Energy Cooperation

On the occasion of the third session of the Assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), Germany and China signed a bilateral agreement concerning the cooperation of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) and the Chinese National Energy Administration (NEA) with respect to the promotion of renewable energy sources.

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