Monthly Archive for January, 2015

VDMA/BWE: 58% Onshore Wind Power Growth in 2014 – Net Growth of 4,386 MW Way Above EEG 2014 2,500 MW Target

In 2014 new onshore wind power turbines with a total capacity of 4,750 MW were installed, the German Engineering Federation (VDMA) and the German Wind Energy Association (BWE) informed. This exceeds the growth target of 2,500 MW net annually introduced with the amendment of the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) that is effective since August 2014 (EEG 2014) by far. Even discounting a dismantling of some 364 MW net growth of about 4,386 MW remains 75% higher than planned.

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Energy Efficiency and Implementation of Energy Transition Among Top Priorities of Annual Economic Report 2015

Energy efficiency and the implementation of the Energiewende figure among the top priorities of the Annual Economic Report 2015 entitled “Investing in Germany’s and Europe’s Future”, which the German government presented yesterday. The government raised its 2015 growth forecast for the gross national product from 1.3% to 1.5%.

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Cabinet Decides on German PV Auctioning Ordinance – First Bid Date Already 15 April!

The Federal Cabinet has today agreed on the overdue Ordinance for Competitive Bidding for Financial Support of Freestanding Installations (FFAV). Anyone interested needs to look into this immediately, as the first bid date will be 15 April 2015.

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French Capacity Market: BDEW Calls for Open Discussion on German Capacity Market Mechanism

The publication of key points for the introduction of a capacity market in France lead to Hildegard Müller, chairwoman of the energy trade association BDEW, calling for an open discussion of a German capacity market for energy that ensures the security of supply.

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New Ministerial Draft of Ordinance on Competitive Bidding for Financial Support for PV Power Redefines Suitable Land, Cuts Back on Volume

A revised ministerial draft of the planned Ordinance for Competitive Bidding for Financial Support of Freestanding Installations (FFAV) is currently being discussed. Compared with key points presented in July 2014 and a first internal draft by the ministry of October 2014, the update enlarges the land considered suitable for PV power plants that want to participate in the auctioning process as of 2016, but cuts back regarding the volume of the auctions. Instead of 600 MW annually only 400 MW shall be auctioned on average in the period 2015 to 2017.

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OVG Schleswig Declares Amendment of Regional Plan 2012 Designating Areas for Onshore Wind Power Partly Invalid

Amendments of the Regional Plan 2012 for the State of Schleswig-Holstein in Northern Germany are invalid regarding the planning areas I and III that designate areas suitable for onshore wind power, the Higher Administrative Court of Schleswig -Holstein (OVG Schleswig) ruled. The Court found the amendments flawed for procedural as well as material reasons.

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BNetzA President Homann on Options for Reform of Incentive Regulation

At today’s Handelsblatt Annual Energy Conference, Jochen Homann, President of the ManyElectronics Regulator Bundesnetzagentur (BNetzA), explained details of the report evaluating and outlining options for reform of incentive-based regulation which was presented to the Ministry of Economics at the same day.

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BNetzA: Evaluation Report Incentive Regulation Published

The Federal Network Agency has today presented its evaluation report on the German incentive regulation (Anreizregulierung) regime. The report has 481 pages – and it comes with a short English summary.

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German Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks on Paris 2015, Renewables and Nuclear Decommissioning Costs

The keynote speech of the German Minister of the Environment, Barbara Hendricks, at the Handelsblatt Annual Energy Conference focused on Germany’s perspective and expectation for the Climate Conference 2015 in Paris. She stressed the importance to agree on a follow-up agreement of the Kyoto Protocol. The fact that the USA and China have reached an agreement very much increases the chances for a compromise. However, she noted that it will be very challenges and requires the will to compromise from all parties to reach a global accord.

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German Power Market Design: Handelsblatt Discussion Round Agrees on Need for Fast Political Decision – No Unanimous Support for Capacity Market

At the second day of the Annual Handelsblatt Energy conference, a discussion round of market participants and regulators followed up on the key note speeches of Rainer Baake of BMWi and comments of Johannes Teyssen, CEO of E.ON, on the current debate whether also in Germany a capacity market should be introduced.

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