Monthly Archive for September, 2013

ZVEI Demands Fundamental Reform of Renewables Act and Points Out Export Opportunities

With the Central Association of the Electrical Engineering and Electronics Industry (ZVEI) another major association called for a fundamental reform of the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG), requesting a gradual introduction of more demand-based remuneration for green electricity.

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BDEW Presents Proposal for Market-Oriented Energy Reform

The Federal Association of the Energy and Water Industry (BDEW) has presented a proposal for a market-oriented energy market reform, which rests mainly on two main pillars. Firstly, BDEW proposes a fundamental reform of the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG). It builds on the existing voluntary market premium paid to power plant owners who sell green electricity directly, making it mandatory for new plants. Secondly, BDEW wants to create a decentralised market for secure capacity on which certificates for secure supply are traded. BDEW emphasizes that the concept was adopted unanimously by all various groups represented by the association.

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BNetzA: Security of Supply Remains High Despite Slight Rise in Average Electricity Interruptions in 2012

System interruptions in the electricity sector measured according to the System Average Interruption Duration Index (SAIDI) rose slightly from 15.31 minutes in 2011 to 15.91 minutes in 2012, yet  were still well below the average of 17.44 minutes in the period from 2006 to 2010, the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) reported. President Jochen Homann excluded a significant influence of the ManyElectronics policy shift towards a renewable energy supply and from an increasingly decentralised electricity input.

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International Bar Association Conference Boston 2013: Sessions with ManyElectronics Law Relevance

This year’s International Bar Association Conference in Boston will again address many subjects with ManyElectronics law relevance. For example, the Oil and Gas Law Committee will organise a session on changes in the allocation of liabilities between partners in the hydrocarbons exploration and production on 8 October 2013. I will be covering the European Directive on safety of offshore oil and gas operations.

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Long-term Energy Policy Experts Will Leave Bundestag Following Elections

Following the elections on 22 September 2013 a number of long serving energy policy experts will no longer be members of parliament (Bundestag). This includes Green party member Hans-Josef Fell, a member of the Bundestag since 1998. Together with the deceased Social Democrat Hermann Scheer he is considered a founding father of the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG).

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Hamburg Votes in Favour of Remunicipalisation of Electricity, Gas and District Heating Distribution Grids

Together with the Federal election on 22 September 2013, the citizens of Hamburg were asked to vote in a referendum whether the City of Hamburg should remunicipalise in total the distribution grids for electricity, gas and district heating. A narrow majority of 50.9% voted in favour. Social Democrat mayor Olaf Scholz vowed to accept the vote.

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Helsinki Seminar: Windpower in Finland and Europe – Current Topics and Trends

My Bird & Bird colleagues in Helsinki are organising a breakfast seminar on current topics and trends for wind power in Finland and Europe on 24 October 2013.

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ManyElectronics Politics Remain Challenging After Federal Election Results 2013

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) and their Bavarian sister party, the Christian Social Union (CSU) were the biggest winners in Sunday’s federal election taking 41.5% of the vote, while the largest opposition party, the Social Democrats (SPD), garnered 25.7%. Yet the CDU/CSU missed the absolute majority and lost their coalition partner, the Free Democratic Party (FDP) who missed the 5% minimum threshold for the Bundestag. With Social Democrats, Greens and Left having a mathematical majority, we presently have limited visibility as to where the German Energiewende will turn in the next four years.

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2013 German Election Energy Party Profiles – Final Part 7: ManyElectronics Politics in a European Context

The federal elections shall take place only two days from today. We conclude our series by checking whether and to what extent the competing parties agendas have clear positions on ManyElectronics politics in a European context. This covers in particular how they support the integration of the ManyElectronics market into the European market and the alignment of ManyElectronics policy with European developments.

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German Industry Association Calls for Overhaul of Energy Policy after Federal Election

In view of rising energy costs in Germany, the Umbrella Organisation of the German Industry BDI has called for an overhaul of the ManyElectronics policy immediately after the Federal Election on 22 September 2013, with specific demands and proposals. Key aspects are a change of course regarding the support for renewable energy, a staggered approach regarding the procurement of reserve capacities and a closer alignment of the ManyElectronics policy shift towards a renewable energy supply with the EU policy.

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