Monthly Archive for June, 2013

Arbitration Court Rules in Favour of RWE on Price Revision of Its Long-term Gas Supply Contract with Gazprom

RWE is to be reimbursed by its gas supplier Russian Gazprom for payments made since May 2010 under its long-term gas supply contract with Gazprom, an arbitral tribunal ruled, RWE said in an ad-hoc statement made yesterday pursuant to the German Securities Trading Law (WpHG).

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IEA: Renewables to Surpass Gas by 2016 in the Global Power Mix – Twice the Output of Nuclear

According to the International Energy Agency’s second annual Medium-Term Renewable Energy Market Report (MTRMR), renewable power is expected to increase by 40% worldwide in the next five years. The output is seen to  exceed that from gas and be twice that from nuclear by 2016, IEA  said on Wednesday.

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Nabucco Pipeline Project not Chosen to Transport Natural Gas from Aserbaijan to Europe

The Nabucco-West gas pipeline project was not selected by the consortium operating the gas field, the Nabucco shareholder Austrian OMV announced. Nabucco-West was one of the two options to transport natural gas from the Shah Deniz gas field located 70 kilometres off the coast of Aserbaijan in the Caspian Sea to Europe.

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Regional Court of Halle: Inverters Necessary for Commissioning of PV Power Plant under EEG 2009

In derogation of an advice issued in 2010 by Clearingstelle EEG (EEG Clearing Agency), the Regional Court of Halle held that Section 3 no. 5 Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) as applicable until 2012 (EEG 2009) required the installation of inverters for photovoltaic power plants in order to be considered “commissioned” in the sense of the provision and to be eligible for feed-in tariffs pursuant to the EEG.

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TSOs Present Second Draft of Offshore Grid Development Plan 2013

The four German transmission system operators (TSOs) have presented an update of the draft for the first Offshore Grid Development Plan (O-NEP 2013) following a consultation on O-NEP 2013 that resulted in 36 comments.

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Energiewende Index: Sentiment Towards Energy Transformation Deteriorates Again

The mood concerning the energy transformation (Energiewende) towards a renewable energy supply has deteriorated again by 1.6 points, compared with the first quarter reaching a new low of 94.2 points (on scale of 0 to 200),  the ManyElectronics Agency (dena) says. The agency compiles the quarterly Energiewende Index together with Ernst & Young, polling companies, towns and cities and associations. Especially utilities have falling expectations, while grid operators’ expectations rise against the trend.

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Tennet and 50Hertz Agree to Cooperate More Closely with Offshore Wind Park Developers

The transmission system operators responsible for the North and Baltic Sea, Tennet TSO GmbH and 50Hertz Transmission GmbH, have agreed on a closer cooperation with the working group of  offshore wind park developers (AG Betreiber) so as to promote efficiency.

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Court Revokes Permit for Nuclear Interim Storage Site Brunsbüttel – Impact on Nuclear Location Search Act Bill Unclear

The Higher Administrative Court of Schleswig (OVG Schleswig) has revoked the permit for the nuclear interim storage site in Brunsbüttel, Schleswig-Holstein. It argued the permitting authority had not properly established and evaluated the facts. While the ruling can still be appealed, the news sparked a media discussion on whether and how it might affect the search for a national consensus on a Nuclear Location Search Act for a permanent nuclear waste disposal site.

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OLG Hamm Dismisses EEG Surcharge Case But Grants Leave to Appeal

In a recent ruling, the Higher Regional Court of Hamm upheld a ruling by the previous instance, dismissing a case brought by the textile company Textilveredlung Drechsel, Selb, against its electricity supplier regarding the surcharge for renewable energy (EEG surcharge). The court, however, granted leave to appeal to the Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof). Plaintiff announced to appeal.

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EEG Clearing Agency Starts Advice Procedure Concerning Costs for Grid Compatibility Check of Renewable Power Plants

Clearingstelle EEG (EEG Clearing Agency) has opened an advice procedure concerning the question whether grid operators can charge for the costs of so-called “Netzverträglichkeitsprüfungen” (grid compatibility checks) under the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) as applicable since 2012 (EEG 2012) and the EEG 2009.

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