Monthly Archive for November, 2013

Entso-E Winter Outlook 2013/14 Evalutates Potentially Critical Periods and Situations for Germany

The European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E) presented its Winter Outlook 2013/14 and Summer Review 2013 on national and regional power balances. The detailed country by country assessments also describe the potentially most critical periods and situations in the upcoming winter season in Germany.

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CDU/CSU and SPD Present Coalition Agreement – 55% to 60% Renewables by 2035 and More

The conservative CDU/CSU, the winners of the Federal Election of 22 September 2013, and the Social Democrats (SPD), who emerged second in the election, have presented a coalition agreement for a grand coalition in Germany that provides inter alia for a binding expansion corridor of 55% to 60% renewable energy by 2035. The partners announce to present a reform of the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) by Easter 2014. As a novelty, the SPD will present the draft to its members for vote between 6 and 12 December before proceeding further with the coalition.

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Wind Developer Congress Berlin 4-5 December 2013

The Wind Developer Congress will take place on 4-5 December 2013 at the Hilton in Berlin. The event will focus on the business-critical challenges facing wind developers across Europe. I will be chairing the opening session and several sessions in the wind project planning stream on 4 December 2013. There is also a discount for readers of the blog.

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Warsaw Climate Change Conference: Most Progress Made on Help Against Impact of Climate Change and Protection of Forests

On Saturday the UN Climate Change Conference in Warsaw (COP 19) ended. On the road to a legally binding climate protection agreement to be concluded by 2015 at the conference in Paris to effective limit global warming to two degrees Celsius, the most progress was made with regard to an international mechanism to provide most vulnerable populations against loss and damage by climate change and concerning forest protection. Besides, the participating countries agreed to intensify national preparatory efforts for the 2015 agreement and on aspects of mobilising finance to support developing countries.

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Energy Negotiators in Coalition Talks Agree to Extend Increased Offshore Feed-in Tariff Model

In the talks aimed at forming a coalition government between the conservative CDU and CSU sister parties and the Social Democrats (SPD), the negotiators for energy agreed to extend the period until which operators of offshore wind farm have the right to opt for a higher initial feed-in tariff that is paid for a shorter period than the regular initial tariff (so-called Stauchungmodell).

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Fiscal Court of Hamburg to Ask for Preliminary Ruling from CJEU on Compliance of Nuclear Fuel Rod Tax with European Law

The Fiscal Court of Hamburg has decided to refer a case concerning the legality of the German nuclear fuel rod tax to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) for a preliminary ruling to clarify compatibility with European law.

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Consultation of Offshore Grid Development Plan 2013 and Electricity Grid Development Plan 2013 Completed

The consultations of the Electricity Grid Development Plan (NEP 2013), the first Offshore Grid Development Plan (O-NEP 2013) and the accompanying environmental report (Umweltbericht) has ended and resulted in 8,000 statements being made, mainly by private persons, the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) informed.

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Advisory Committee to Economics Ministry in Favour of Capacity Market in the Long-term

The Scientific Advisory Committee to the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi) submitted a report on the long-term management of the security of supply, in which it highlights the current positive situation, but recommends to introduce a capacity market to provide sufficient flexible power in the long-run.

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EEG Medium Term Forecast: Likely EEG Surcharge in 2015 Between 5.85 and 6.86 ct/kWh

The four German transmission system operators (TSOs) have published their forecasts for the 2015 EEG surcharge range and the 5-year medium term (Mittelfristprognose). They expect the renewables surcharge or EEG surcharge for 2015 to range between 5.85 to 6,86 ct/kWh, i.e. 0.35 ct/kWh less respectively 0.66 ct/kWh more  than the recently announced EEG surcharge of 6.24 ct/kWh for 2014.

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IEA: Large Differences in Regional Energy Prices Set to Affect Industrial Competitiveness

“Large differences in regional energy prices are set to affect industrial competitiveness, influencing investment decisions and company strategies”, the International Energy Agency (IEA) says in its World Energy Outlook 2013, which was released yesterday.

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