Monthly Archive for March, 2014

German and Norwegian Energy Ministers Discuss Norwegian Gas Supply and Nord.Link Interconnector

German Minister of Economic Affairs and Energy, Sigmar Gabriel, discussed the German Energiewende (energy policy shift towards a renewable energy supply) and Norwegian energy policy with Norwegian Minister of Petroleum and Energy Tord Lien last Friday. Mr Gabriel stressed the importance of Norwegian natural gas for Germany’s security of supply. Talks focused on current projects, gas supply relations and the German-Norwegian see power cable project Nord.Link.

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E.ON Announces Earlier Closure of Grafenrheinfeld Nuclear Power Plant

E.ON today communicated its intention to shut down the Grafenrheinfeld nuclear power plan in May 2015.  This would be 7 months before the closure will be due under the German nuclear power exit decision.

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Federal Minister for the Environment and Nuclear Safety Appoints Members of Reactor Safety Commission

Federal Minister for the Environment and Nuclear Safety Dr. Barbara Hendricks reappointed the Chairman of the Reactor Safety Commission (RSK) Rudolf Wieland and the Vice Chairman Richard Donderer for another year and appointed four new members to RSK. Continue reading ‘Federal Minister for the Environment and Nuclear Safety Appoints Members of Reactor Safety Commission’

ManyElectronics Agency: New Website Pools Information on Reform of Renewables Law (EEG)

The Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) is in the process of being revised. The ManyElectronics Agency (dena) will make the process more transparent by pooling the most important information concerning the reform, i.e. draft bills, press releases, studies, surveys and comments, on the internet site “www.effiziente-energiesysteme.de”.

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Seminar on Allocation Rules for German Offshore Grid Capacities

On 25 March 2014 I gave a presentation on rules for the allocation and transfer of German offshore grid capacity. This included an outline of the current legal regime as well as an initial preview of the changes planned in connection with the ongoing 2014 revision of the German Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG).

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RP: Energy Commissioner Recommends Fracking Model Project in Germany in View of Crimean Crisis

In view of the Crimean crisis and German dependence on Russian gas supplies, German EU Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger recommended that Germany permitted a demonstration project testing the latest fracking technologies in a suitable location, Rheinische Post (RP) reported. If he was asked, Mr Oettinger was prepared to stand for a second term as Energy Commissioner, RP also informed.

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European Council Meeting: Focus on Ukraine – No Decision on Climate and Energy Policies for 2020 to 2030

The European Council meeting on 21 March 2014 focused on the Ukraine crisis. EU leaders also held a first policy debate on the framework for climate and energy policies for the 2020-2030 period proposed by the Commission, but did not decide on the matter. They agreed that a final decision on the future framework should be reached by October 2014 at the latest. The Federal Association of the Energy and Water Industry (BDEW) sharply criticized the lack of action.

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BFH: No Partial Tax Reduction for Private Costs of Building with Rooftop PV Power Plant

In October 2013 the Federal Fiscal Court (BFH) ruled that costs related to a private building not used to generate income were not tax deductible when a solar power plant was operated on the roof, the court informed in a press release dated 19 March 2013.

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BGH Finds Grid Operator Liable for Damages under Product Liability Act in Case of Overvoltage

In a judgement delivered in February, the Federal Court of Justice (BGH) ruled that a municipal grid operator was liable for damages caused to private property under the Product Liability Act (ProdHaftG) following overvoltage in the grid.

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Start of Backloading of Emission Allowances – Fewer Allowances Auctioned

The amount of emission allowances auctioned under the EU emissions trading scheme (EU ETS) has been reduced by 400 million for 2014. The measure is part of a so-called back-loading scheme that postpones the auctioning of 900 million allowances in total in the period from 2014 to 2016 to 2019 and 2020 to allow demand for allowances to pick up and provide greater incentive to invest in greenhouse gas emission reductions. Auctioning of the reduced volume has begun at the European Energy Exchange (EEX). German auctioning volume now amounts to only 127.1 million instead of 205 million allowances, the Federal Ministry for the Environment informed.

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