Monthly Archive for October, 2013

Fraunhofer IWES: Combined Virtual Renewable Power Stations Can Provide Grid Stability and Cover Demand

Combined virtual renewable power stations can provide 100% grid stability and, together with storage facilities, cover demand fully, Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy System Technology (IWES) said, following three year research.

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CDU/CSU/SPD Coalition Negotiations: Energy Discussion to Start Thursday

The first round of discussions on energy topics in the ongoing CDU/CSU/SPD coalition negotiations to form the new German government is scheduled to start this Thursday.

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BDEW: Number of Charging Points and Electric Cars on the Rise

The number of charging points for electric cars has increased by 15% from roughly 3,900 in December 2012 to approximately 4,400 , at 2,033 charging stations) by mid 2013, the Federal Association of the Energy and Water Industry (BDEW) informed, following a survey among members.

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SPD Premier of NRW: Jobs Protection in Energy and Energy-Intensive Industry More Important Than Speedy Expansion of Renewables

Job protection in the steel and energy industry was more important than a speedy expansion of renewables, Hannelore Kraft, state premier of heavily industrialised North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) said according to the newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung (SZ). Mrs Kraft will be the chief negotiator for her party, the Social Democrats (SPD), in the energy-related talks with the conservative CDU and CSU, which are part of the talks aimed at forming a coalition government in Germany. The energy talks are scheduled to start on Thursday. On behalf of the CDU Environment Minister Peter Altmaier will be the chief negotiator.

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Biogas Association Informs About BGH Decision Clarifying Definition of Biogas Installation

The German Biogas Association (Fachverband Biogas) informed about a decision by the Federal Court of Justice (BGH) concerning biogas power plants, which has not been published yet. According to the association, the judges said that two installations that were supplied by one gas generator (Gaserzeugung) had to be considered as on biogas power plant (in the sense of the Renewable Energy Sources Act – EEG).

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CJEU Rules on Restrictions on the Free Movement of Capital Affecting Undertakings Active in the Electricity and Natural Gas Markets

In joint cases referred to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) by the Supreme Court of the Netherlands, CJEU ruled that restrictions on the free movement of capital affecting undertakings active in the electricity and natural gas markets may be compatible with EU law.

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TSOs Publish Partly Lower Electricity Grid Surcharge for 2014

The German electricity TSOs have published the so-called Section 19 para. 2 StromNEV electricity grid surcharge for 2014. Following regulatory amendments in August 2013 that also affects the 2012 and 2013 surcharge it is lower than the 2013 surcharge for one consumer group.

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BNetzA Approves Scenario Framework for National Gas Grid Development Plan 2014

The Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) has approved the scenario framework drawn up by the gas transmission system operators (TSOs) as a basis for the national gas grid development plan 2014 (NEP Gas 2014).

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Centrosolar Applies for Protective Shield Procedure and Announces Preliminary Q3 Results

With preliminary Q3 results falling short of expectations, Centrosolar Group AG, its 100% subsidiary Centrosolar AG and its 100% subsidiary Centrosolar Sonnenstromfabrik GmbH announced to have applied to reorganise Centrosolar Group under protective shield proceedings pursuant to the Insolvency Code (InsO). This would enable Centrosolar to retain control.

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New EU Energy-Efficiency And Labelling Requirements for Space Heaters and Combination Heaters in Force

Two new regulations under the EU Ecodesign Directive 2009/125/EC and the EU Energy Labelling Directive 2010/30/EU concerning in particular space heaters and combination heaters have entered into force on 26 September 2016, the ManyElectronics Agency (dena) informed.

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