Monthly Archive for February, 2013

BMU and BMWi Agree on Fracking Proposal

The Federal Environment Ministry (BMU) and the Federal Economics Ministry (BMWi) have presented a joint proposal to amend the Federal Water Resources Act (WHG) and the Ordinance on Environmental Impact Assessments Concerning Mining Projects (UVP-V) in order to regulate the use of the controversial fracking method, setting new conditions.

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Germany Meets Kyoto Obligation – But Greenhouse Gas Emissions Rise by 1.6% in 2012

According to preliminary calculations, Germany’s greenhouse gas emissions increased by 1.6% in 2012, the Federal Ministry for the Environment (BMU) and the German Environment Agency (UBA) informed in a joint press release. Germany, however, met its obligations under the Kyoto-Protocol, lowering greenhouse gas emissions by 25.5% compared with 1990, while it would only have been obliged to lower emission by 21% on average for the period 2008 to 2012, BMU and UBA pointed out.

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BGH Ruling on Contribution to Costs for Construction or Upgrade of Distribution Installations

The Federal Court of Justice (BGH) has delivered a ruling on contributions by electricity consumers who demand a connection to the electricity grids or the gas grids pursuant to Low Voltage Connection Ordinance (NAV) respectively the Low Pressure Connection Ordinance (NDAV). According to Section 11 NAV respectively NDAV, grid operators can claim contributions for the construction or the upgrade of distributors (Baukostenzuschuss für Verteileranlage).

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Stuttgart Court Does Not Stay Lawsuit Against EEG Surcharge to Submit Case to Federal Constitutional Court

The Regional Court of Stuttgart did not see the necessity to stay a lawsuit brought by the Spinnwerberei Uhingen against the utility EnBW and submit the case to the Federal Constitutional Court (BVerfG). It dismissed the case in which plaintiff demanded repayment of the so-called EEG surcharge from EnBW because of alleged lack of constitutionality.

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Federal Agency for Maritime Shipping and Hydrography Presents First Federal Offshore Grid Plan for the North Sea

In accordance with its obligations under the revised ManyElectronics Act (EnWG), the Federal Agency for Maritime Shipping and Hydrography (BSH) has presented the first federal offshore grid plan (Bundesfachplan Offshore) for the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of the North Sea. It specifies and supplements maritime planning with regard to the planning of offshore grids.

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Implementing Law for European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR) Promulgated

On 15 February 2013 the German implementing law for the so-called EMIR Regulation (European Market Infrastructure Regulation) was promulgated in the Federal Law Gazette and has entered into force the day after.

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New VDE Study Calls for Smart Supply Concept for Grids and Electricity Market and Amendments of Regulatory Framework

A new study by the Association for Electrical, Electronic and Information Technologies (VDE) calls for a smart supply concept in order to better integrate electricity producers, consumers and grid operators, achieve synergies and reduce electricity costs.

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Minister Altmaier: EEG Cuts Needed – or Energiewende Costs Will Reach Trillion Euro Mark by 2040

Without amendments to the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG), the costs for the German Energiewende could add up to a trillion Euros “by the end of the thirties of this century”, Federal Environment Peter Altmaier told the newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ).

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Conference “Energy Market in Transition” by Federal Network Agency and Consumer Protection Agency

The Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) and the Federal Association of Consumer Protection Agencies (vzbv) hosted a joint conference on the “Energy Market in Transition” (Energiemarkt im Wandel). It dealt with the impact of the energy policy shift towards a renewable energy supply for consumers, in particular rising electricity prices, and the reluctance of consumers to switch the supplier in view of cases of untrustworthy providers. Besides, vzbv and BNetzA made interesting comments on the regulation of the distribution networks, which shall be the topic of this blog post.

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Government Estimates on Market and Management Premium for 2012

According to estimates, costs for the management premium pursuant to the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG), amounted to less than EUR 400 million in 2012, the government said in an answer to a Major Interpellation (Große Anfrage) of the Social Democrats (SPD). The management premium is an element of the market premium that was introduced with an EEG amendment in 2012 to incentivise direct marketing as an alternative for renewable energy plant operators to claiming fixed feed-in tariffs.

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