Monthly Archive for June, 2015

E.ON Has Shut Down Grafenrheinfeld Nuclear Power Plant – Before 31 December 2015 Legal Deadline

On Saturday 27 June 2015 at 23:59 p.m. E.ON shut down its nuclear power plant in Grafenrheinfeld in Bavaria. This was more than six months before the company was required to do so pursuant to the 2011 amendment of the Atomic Energy Act (AtG) that mandates a complete nuclear phase-out in Germany by the end of 2022.

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Infineon, BMW, Daimler and Others to Develop Modular System for Electric Cars

Ten companies and research institutions, including Infineon, BMW and Daimler, have joined forces to develop a modular system for electric cars in a project sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research worth EUR 7.5 billion. The project will run until 31 December 2017. It is lead by Infineon.

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Reportedly Alternative Proposal to Controversial Climate Levy – Government Decision on 1 July?

Reports are increasing about an alternative proposal for the controversial climate levy. A a number of coal-fired power plants shall allegedly be made part of a pool of back-up power plants, for which the operators would receive a remuneration. The government is to decide on 1 July, various media sources say.

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Research Seminar Current Events in Energy Law – English Slides Available

On 18 June 2015 I gave a presentation at Freie Universität Berlin (FU Berlin) on “Current Events in Energy Law” for the Master of Business, Competition and Regulatory Law Programme. if you would like to get the slides (in English).

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IRENA Publishes Best-Practice Guidebook on Renewable Energy Auctions Worldwide

Renewable energy auctions are increasingly becoming a policy tool of choice to support renewable energy deployment. They are meant to decrease costs, attract investment and drive global renewable energy deployment, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) said on the occasion of the publication of a best-pratice guidebook on auctions. The guide provides case studies from around the world and guidelines for renewable energy tendering processes.

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Energy Consumption in Germany up by Almost 5% in Q1 – High Growth of Natural Gas and Wind Power, Solar Power Loses Against the Trend

Mainly due to colder weather energy consumption in Germany rose by almost 5% in Q1 2015, compared with the same period last year, Arbeitsgemeinschaft Energiebilanzen (Working Group Energy Balances – AGEB) reported. Heating fuels like natural gas and mineral oil benefitted in particular. Wind power gained even more, while solar power lost against the trend.

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Delay Publication of White Paper on Electricity Market Design / Update Climate Levy Project

According to an answer to a minor interpellation by Green Party member and energy expert Oliver Krischer, the government is now planning to present the White Paper with specific proposals for the future energy market in Germany “in June or July”. Besides the answer contains information as to the increase of electricity costs for consumers if a climate levy for conventional power plants is introduced as the government plans.

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Commission: EU on the Whole on Track to Meet 20% Renewable Energy Target, 10% Renewable Energy in Transport Target Challenging But Feasible

The latest renewable energy progress report by the European Commission shows that with a projected share of 15.3% of renewable energy in the gross final energy consumption in 2014 the EU on the whole is on track to meet its 20% renewable energy target for 2020. Reaching the 10% renewable energy target in the transport sector is somewhat more challenging yet feasible the Commission says in view of a projected share of 5.7% in 2014.

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National Electromobility Iniative: Agreement with Government on Next Steps to Boost Electromobility

Despite progress in the number of registered electric cars and the number of models available, Germany has still a long way to go to reach the government’s goal of having 1 million electric cars on German roads by 2020. On the occasion of the National Electromobility Conference in Berlin on 15/16 June 2015 the National Electromobility Initiative (NPE) informed that it agreed with the government on the next steps for the market launch.

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BSH Publishes Update of Federal Offshore Plan for German EEZ in the North Sea

The Federal Agency for Maritime Shipping and Hydrography (BSH) has published an update of the Federal Offshore Plan (Bundesfachplan Offshore) for the German Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of the North Sea (BFO-N). The update contains minor changes concerning power line routes and locations of installations. Besides it reduces the required depth of cover for power cables including in traffic separation areas (Verkehrstrennungsgebieten) in the EEZ from 3 metres to 1.5 metres, BSH said.

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