Monthly Archive for April, 2013

Parliament Adopts Federal Requirement Plan for Electricity Transmission Networks

The Bundestag (Federal Parliament) adopted the “Second Law Concerning Measures to Accelerate the Expansion of the Electricity Grids, which contains the “Federal Requirement Plan for Transmission Networks” as amended by the Economics Committee (ref. nos. 17/12638 and 17/13258).

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Irsching 4 and 5 Operators Agree with Tennet and BNetzA Not to Close Down Plants for Grid Security Reasons

The operators of the Irsching 4 and 5 power plant units agreed with Tennet TSO GmbH not to close down the highly efficient but presently unprofitable gas-fired power plant units near Ingolstadt within the next three years. The units were needed to secure grid stability and the security of supply, and would continue to be operated to allow Tennet to resort to so-called redispatch measures if necessary, Tennet said. E.ON will receive the fixed costs for the power plants.

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OLG Confirms Return on Equity Rates for Electricity and Gas Grids

The 3rd Cartel Senate of the Higher Regional Court of (OLG)  confirmed the return on equity rates for electricity and gas grid operators pursuant  to the Incentive Regulation Ordinance (Anreizregulierungsverordnung – ARegV) for the first regulation period comprising the years 2009 to 2013.

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Federal Network Agency Starts Consultation on Draft Gas Grid Development Plan 2013

The Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) has started the consultation on the draft gas grid development plan 2013 (NEP Gas 2013), giving interested parties the opportunity to submit comments until 21 Juni 2013.

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Government Adopts Bill on Nuclear Location Search Act

Following the agreement with the sixteen federal states on the key point for a “Location Search Act” (Standortsuchgesetz) for a permanent nuclear waste disposal in April, the German government adopted a corresponding bill.

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Federal Cabinet Passes Ordinance on Compensation for Interventions in Nature and Landscape

The German Federal Cabinet has agreed on an Ordinance on Compensation for Interventions in Nature and Landscape (BKompV) that sets nationwide applicable standards regarding the compensation for interventions in nature and landscape in the sense of Section 14 para. 1 Federal Act for the Protection of Nature (BNatSchG). The BKompV will affect among others new wind farm and grid projects, as they can affect both nature and landscape, and this triggers compensation measures and compensation payments.

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18 April 2013, 12:00 pm: German Actual Wind and Solar Power Generation 35.6 GW

Actual power generation from renewables is reaching new records. On Thursday, 18 April 2013 at noon, combined actual generation from solar and wind in Germany reached 35,609 MW. At the same time, actual production of generating units of ≥ 100 MW was only 33,150.4 MW.

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8th Meeting Future Proof Energy Networks Platform

The 8th meeting of the ”Future Proof Energy Networks Platform” (Plattform Zukunftsfähige Energienetze) focused on the regulatory framework for distribution networks.  A paper on key findings also provides information the progress made towards grid expansion.

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State of Hesse Appeals Ruling on Unlawfulness of Shutdown of Biblis Nuclear Power Plants

The State of Hesse has filed appeals against two recent rulings by the Higher Administrative Court of Hesse (Hessischer Verwaltungsgerichtshof) that declared the preliminary shutdown orders for RWE AG’s Biblis A and B nuclear power during the nuclear power moratorium in 2011 unlawful.

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No EEG Revision Before Federal Elections in September?

The Chancellery called off this week’s talks with the Länder concerning amendments of the Renewable Energy  Sources Act (EEG) aimed at limiting electricity price costs before the Federal Election in September, several major newspapers reported.

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