Monthly Archive for March, 2013

Low Temperatures: In 2012 Germany’s Energy Consumption Grows Faster Than the Economy

The Working Group on Energy Balances (AGEB) has recently published a detailed report regarding the energy consumption in 2012 in Germany. Primary energy consumption increased by 0.9%, while overall economic growth was 0.7%. The structure and the developement of energy consumption in the last year were mainly driven by energy policy and the low temperatures.

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Draft Ordinance on Reserve Power Plants

The Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi) presented a draft ordinance that shall provide more details on the recently introduced limitations on shutting down power plants to improve the security of supply.

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ECJ: RWE Gas Price Clauses are Subject to Review of Unfairness

In its decision of 21 March 2013 the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled that standard terms in consumer contracts remain subject to review for unfairness if the statutory provisions they reproduce are applicable only to another category of contracts.

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No Immediate EEG Revision – Agreement on Grid Expansion Acceleration

In their latest round of Energiewende talks, Chancellor Merkel and the Prime Ministers of the Länder agreed to speed up grid expansion inter alia by making the Federal Network Agency  (BNetzA) the plan determination authority pursuant to NABEG. They did however not reach agreement with regard to measures limiting the electricity price costs before the Federal Election in September as recently proposed by the competent ministries.

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EEG Clearingstelle Advice Procedure on PV Commissioning Date for Replacements

Clearingstelle EEG (EEG Clearing Agency) has opened an advice procedure concerning the date of commissioning of PV installations,which are replaced by already used installations.

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Dena: Three Quarters of Biomethane Generated in Germany Recorded in Biogas Register

75% of the biomethane generated in Germany in the period from 1 March 2012 to 28 February 2013, the equivalent of 3.7 TWh, have been recorded in the German Biogasregister (biogas register), the ManyElectronics Agency (dena) informed.

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BMU: EU Emissions Trading Scheme Crisis Affects German Climate Protection Targets

The sectors covered by the EU emissions trading scheme (EU ETS) will fall short of the EU target for 2020 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 21% compared with 2005, the latest Greenhouse Gas Projections Report Germany submitted to the EU shows. The main reason were the low prices of the EU emission allowances, which did not provide sufficient incentives for a climate-friendly modernisation of the energy sector, the environment ministry (BMU) said.

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BDI Proposal to Keep Rising Electricity Costs in Check

The Umbrella Organisation of German Industry BDI has presented its proposal to keep the rising electricity costs in Germany in check. It consists of five measures, which according to BDI could be implemented before the federal election in September.

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Parliament Debates Expansion of Electricity Grids

The German Parliament (Bundestag) today had the expansion of the electricity grids on the agenda. The government has submitted a “Second Law Concerning Measures to Accelerate the Expansion of the Electricity Grids, which contains the “Federal Requirement Plan for Transmission Networks”.

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Government of Rhineland-Palatinate Approves Draft Wind Power Decree

The Cabinet of the State of Rhineland-Palatinate approved the draft of a new wind power decree. Expanding onshore wind power is a central aim of the government of the state. The decree shall help to implement and interpret the respective legal provision in a uniform way. It shall also give guidance in case of doubt so that conflicts with other objectives, e.g. nature protection, do not arise.

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