Monthly Archive for January, 2014

Recommunalisation: BGH Decision Specifies Obligations of Municipalities Granting Grid Concession Agreements

In two decisions, the Cartel Senate of the Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof – BGH) held that the obligation of a municipality to chose a concessionaire for its electricity grid in a non-discriminatory and transparent procedure also applies when municipalities intend to grant the concession to a municipal undertaking (Eigenbetrieb).

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Offshore Damages in 2013 in EUR 500 million Range?

Grid connection delay payments were in the range of EUR 500 million in 2013, the information service e21info reported, citing the chairman of the ruling chamber in charge of the offshore grids at the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA).

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FAZ: Jobs in Solar Industry Reduced by One Third in 2013

Within one year one third of the jobs in the solar industry were cut in 2013, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) reports based on yet unpublished data by the Federal Statistical Office.

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Minister Wanka: Energy Research Needs to be Coordinated to Make Energy Transition Happen

The ManyElectronics transition (Energiewende) towards a renewable energy supply can only work if the various research activities and results were brought together, Federal Minister of Education and Research, Johanna Wanka, told the newspaper Handelsblatt. She announced to gear energy research fully towards the Energiewende, saying Nationale Forschungsplattform Energiewende, a forum that pools research activities on the Energiewende, would develop an agenda over the course of the year.

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BWE/VDMA Information on Offshore Wind Power Growth in Germany in 2013

In 2013 48 offshore wind turbines with a total capacity of 240 MW were installed off the German coasts, bringing the capacity of all 116 wind turbines in the North and Baltic Sea to 520.3 MW, the German Wind Energy Association (BWE) and the German Engineering Federation (VDMA) informed.

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EEG 2.0: Further Information on Key Points of Reform of German Renewables Law

The cabinet retreat in Meseberg, Brandenburg, led to further clarification on the EEG 2.0 project, i.e. the reform of the German Renewables Law (EEG). The key point paper has been supplemented by an Annex to further specify intended modifications of the EEG. Besides the paper includes a protocol statement by three federal ministries regarding the planned changes relating to biomass.

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Commission Proposes 40% Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction Target for 2030 – Renewables Target without Individual Member Country Target

A centre piece of the EU framework on climate and energy for 2030 proposed yesterday by the European Commission is a 40% reduction target for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions below the 1990 level. The proposal also includes an EU-wide binding target for renewable energy of at least 27%, which shall, however, not be translated into national targets through EU legislation. A new energy efficiency target has not yet been set.

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First Information on Key Points of Reform of German Renewables Law

The ManyElectronics transition towards a mainly renewable energy supply remains one of the main challenges Germany was facing, the new Minister of Economic Affairs and Energy, Sigmar Gabriel said at a conference organized by the newspaper Handelsblatt.  It also has the potential to become a great economic success, or lead to a major de-industrialization. Mr Gabriel pointed out important aspects of the key point paper for an overhaul of the renewables law (EEG) that he will present today to the cabinet. The reform is intended to contain surging EEG related costs. The burden for the economy as a whole had reached a limit, Mr Gabriel said.

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IRENA: Global Renewable Energy Share Can Reach and Exceed 30% by 2030 at No Extra Cost

The global renewable energy share can reach and exceed 30% by 2030 at no extra cost, a new report published by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) yesterday concludes.

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Government Wants to Work with Länder to Exempt Electric Cars from Parking Fees

An initiative by the the German states (Länder) to promote the sale of electric cars by establishing favourable parking regulations and exemptions of (parking) fees met with approval by the government. The government has, however, doubts as to the legal procedure proposed and announced to review the matter in cooperation with the states.