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Monthly Archive for July, 2013
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The European Commission has today adopted two decisions on German support schemes in favour of energy-intensive industries. Both decisions are on the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), not the EEG surcharge or grid fees.
Since May a new provision in the German Civil Code (BGB), Section 556 c BGB, sets out the requirements under which tenants have to bear the costs for heat supplied under a heat supply contracting agreement entered into by the landlord. On 1 July a corresponding Heat Supply Ordinance (Wärmelieferverordnung – WärmeLV) became effective. It further specifies the BGB requirements.
Due to the renewable energy regime in Germany, several German utilities are considering to close dozens of conventional power plants, citing a lack of profitability, Süddeutsche Zeitung (SZ) writes. Even nuclear power plants could be shut down prematurely, the paper says.
The Federal Network Agency has launched a consultation on an updated version of its guideline concerning the feed-in management pursuant to the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) last week, asking market participants to comment until 15 August 2013. The paper provides guidance regarding the compensation for feed-in management measures by the grid operators and the consideration as grid costs.
Spiegel Online reports that the EU Commission is to open an official investigation under EU state aid rules into the provisions of the German Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) that allow for reductions of the renewable energy surcharge (EEG surcharge) for so-called electricity-intensive manufacturing enterprises and rail operators with high electricity consumption.
Record applications by large electricity consumers for reductions of the renewable energy surcharge (EEG surcharge) worth up to EUR 5 billion for 2014 might further increase the burden for the remaining electricity consumers, several newspapers and website report, based on an answer of the government to a minor interpellation by Alliance ’90/The Greens.
The decision by the regional association for the Ruhr valley area (Regionalverband Ruhr – RVR) to initiate proceedings with the state planning authority to obtain permission to deviate from the state planning objectives brings E.ON a step closer to continuing construction on its 1100 MW coal-fired power plant in Datteln (Datteln 4).
The Federal Association of the Energy and Water Industry (BDEW), its Swiss counterpart VSE and the Austrian Energy Association Österreichs Energie agreed to work together to improve the transnational coordination concerning the construction of pumped storage hydro power plants. The associations demanded fair regulatory conditions for these kind of power plants.
The Federal Council (Bundesrat) approved the bill for an ordinance amending the electricity and gas grid charges ordinances (StromNEV and GasNEV), the Incentive Regulation Ordinance (ARegV) and the Electricity Grid Access Ordinance (StromNZV). However, the approval is subject to several conditions. The Federal Government had decided on the proposal in June. Furthermore, the Bundesrat passed a declaration asking the government for further amendments of ARegV and StromNZV.