Monthly Archive for May, 2013

German Advisory Council on the Environment: Fracking Not Necessary for the Energiewende

In an expert opinion on the fracking technology by the Sachverständigenrat für Umweltfragen (German Advisory Council on the Environment; SRU) released today, SRU suggest to deal with the opportunities and risks of fracking “in a matter-of-fact way”. However, SRU considers the extraction of gas using fracking as not necessary for Germany’s energy policy transition towards a mainly renewable energy supply.

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Time: The Cost of Green – Germany Tussles Over the Bill for Its Energy Revolution

There’s an excellent article on challenges to deal with the costs of the German Energiewende on www.time.com.

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Government Confirms Targets at Berlin International Electromobility Conference

At an international electromobility conference in Berlin the government confirmed its targets of making Germany a leading market for electric cars and a leading supplier of  electromobility technology, with one million electric cars on Germany’s roads by 2020. Yet Germany still has a long way to go, having roughly 8,500 electric cars on its roads today. Hence media reports criticised the slow progress.

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IEA: ManyElectronics Policy Shift Commendable But Further Action Required

In a review of ManyElectronics policies launched on 24 May the International Energy Agency  (IEA) commended Germany for its Energiewende, i.e. its energy  policy shift towards a renewable energy supply.  The scale of Germany’s energy policy ambitions, coupled with the size and energy intensity of its economy, and its location at the heart of Europe’s energy system, however, meant that further policy measures were necessary if the Energiewende was to maintain a balance between sustainability, affordability and competitiveness, the IEA said.

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BNetzA Publishes First YouTube Video on Conference Regarding Environmental Aspects of Grid Expansion

The Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) has uploaded its first youtube video on the so-called Umweltdialog Conference (Environmental Dialogue Conference) held on 22 and 23 April 2013 in Hanover. The aim of the conference was to inform the public about the challenges of grid expansion in Germany and the impact on human beings and the environment.

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Federal Government Allocates EUR 50 Million in New Funds for “Innovation Alliance Photovoltaic”

Since 2010 the Federal Government supports R&D by German photovoltaic companies, suppliers and research institutions through the “Innovationsallianz Photovoltaik”. A new support programme launched in May 2013 provides additional funds of EUR 50 million for projects of the German photovoltaics industry aimed at reducing manufacturing costs, achieving competitive advantages by cutting-edge technologies and tapping into new markets.

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Website Redesign Federal Network Agency

The German Federal Network Agency has redesigned its website. The revision also affects the English pages.

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EEG Clearing Agency Issues Vote on Need for Stationary Installation of PV Power Plants

Clearingstelle EEG (EEG Clearing Agency) has issued a vote concerning the need for a stationary installation of PV power plants in order to receive solar feed-in tariffs under the Renewable Energy Sources Act 2009 as applicable until 31 December 2011 (EEG 2009). The agency also commented on the legal situation under the EEG 2012.

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EU Parliament Passes Non-binding Resolution in Favour of Fixed Target for Renewables’ Share by 2030

The EU Parliament has passed a non-binding resolution in favour of a fixed target for a renewables’ share for 2030, without deciding on a recommendation for the target itself.

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EEG Clearing Agency Issues Vote on Calculation of Solar Feed-in Tariffs for Electricity Generated in Two Plants on Neighbouring Plots of Land

Clearingstelle EEG (EEG Clearing Agency) has issued a vote concerning the calculation of solar feed-in tariffs for electricity generated in two solar plants located on neighbouring plots of land. The agency held that the two plants did not have to be considered as one plant in the sense of Section 19 para. 1 Renewable Energy Sources Act 2009 (EEG 2009), so that each plant was eligible for its own (higher) tariff.

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