Integrating the first 5 to 10% of renewable energy generation poses no technical or economic challenges for any country at all, provided that three conditions are met, a new report by the International Energy Agency (IEA) concludes. Going beyond this to reach shares of more than 30 percent, however, requires a transformation of the system, for which there are three main requirements, IEA says.
Monthly Archive for February, 2014
Alpha ventus, the first German offshore wind farm comprising 12 turbines, has generated more than 1 TWh of electricity since the start of operations, equivalent to the annual consumption of 285,000 households. The operator consortium consisting of EWE AG, E.ON SE and Vattenfall GmbH said they were looking back on “three positive years of regular operations”.
While the government is in the process of revising the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG), the Commission of Experts on Research and Innovation (Expertenkommission Forschung und Innovation – EFI), recommends to abolish the EEG. Neither was it a cost-efficient climate protection tool, nor did it have a positive effect on innovation, the experts concluded in their 2014 report, presented to Chancellor Merkel today.
According to the latest data by the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW), 1,346,528 renewable power installations were generating energy in Germany in 2012. Hildegard Müller, Chairman of the BDEW Executive Board, called the plans for an overhaul of the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) an important step in the right direction, but said a number of issues still needed to be resolved.
The Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) has published an updated guideline on feed-in management measures by the grid operators under the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG 2012), providing guidance on compensation for renewable power plant operators and the recognition thereof as grid costs.
On 13 August 2013 the recast Directive 2012/19/EU on waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) entered into force, tightening the rules on the collection and treatment of e-waste. It now includes photovoltaic panels (cf. Annex II no. 4; Annex IV no. 4). Germany, which had until 14 February 2014 to transpose the Directive into German law, has now presented a first draft of a bill amending the Elektro- und Elektronikgerätegesetz (ElektroG).
At the 16th Franco-German Ministerial Council that took place yesterday in Paris, Germany and France agreed to coordinate the energy policy shifts both countries are undergoing in order to improve the competitiveness of their energy systems and gradually reduce CO2 emissions as well as to enhance the domestic and European security of supply. The ManyElectronics association BDEW and its French counterpart UFE pledged their support and said they wanted to work together more closely.
German media, including Der Spiegel and Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ), have widely reported on the fact that the Australian conservative Liberal-National coalition government is in the process of reversing many aspects of the renewables friendly energy and climate policy of its Labour predecessor. Political discussion in Australia are reported to point to high costs of the ManyElectronics policy transition, the papers stress.
Advocate General Bot in his opinion of 28 January in Ålands Vindkraft AB v. Energimyndigheten (Swedish Energy Agency) expressed the view that the Swedish national renewable energy support scheme complies with the Renewables Directive 2009/28/EC, but that Article 3(3) of the Directive is invalid because it is in breach of the Treaty principle of the free movement of goods to the extent that it permits a Member State to deny or restrict access to its national support regime to producers whose plants are situated in other Member States.