Monthly Archive for July, 2015

BMWi Presents Key Point Paper for German Renewable Energy Auctions in 2017 and Launches Consultation

The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy has presented key points for auctioning financial support for onshore and offshore wind power and photovoltaics as of 2017 and launched a consultation. Comments have to be submitted by 1 October 2015.

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Study for Greens: Transfer Provisions for Nuclear Decommissioning to Public Fund – No Full Exemption for Nuclear Operators

A study commissioned by the Green Party advises to transfer the provisions in the amount of roughly EUR 38 billion made for the nuclear exit liabilities by the nuclear power operators to a public fund within a period of five years, Rheinische Post (RP)  and several other newpapers report, referring to the yet unpublished document. Otherwise there was the risk that the provisions could vanish, the study reportedly says.

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New Foreign Office Brochure “Who is Who of the Energiewende in Germany”

The Foreign Office has published an English language brochure “Who is Who of the Energiewende in Germany” that is intended to serve as a guide to better understand the Energiewende (energy transition) in Germany. It informs briefly about the goals of the Energiewende and provides helpful information on contact partners in politics, industry and society.

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IT Security Law Enters into Force – New Rules for Critical Energy Infrastructure

On 25 July 2015 the IT Security Act (IT-Sicherheitsgesetz) entered into force. The law is a response to the increasing number of cyber attacks and shall improve IT security for public authorities and the private sector. It contains new provisions for critical infrastructure, including in the energy sector.

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EFSI Fund for Kick-starting Investment under Juncker Plan Ready to Operate in Early Autumn 2015

The European Commission today announced that it took important decisions to ensure that the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) can start operations in early autumn 2015. It is the main instrument under The Investment Plan for Europe (also called Juncker Plan) aimed to kick-start investment in strategic projects, including energy-related projects, unlocking investment of at least EUR 315 billion in the period 2015 to 2017.

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German and Austrian Energy Providers File Legal Action Against Hinkley Point C State Aid Approval

Ten municipal utilities and green power providers on 15 July 2015 filed a legal action with the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg against the state aid approval by the European Commission for the Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant in the United Kingdom.

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New Offshore Capacity Almost 1.8 GW in First Half of 2015 – Half of Offshore Target for 2020 Reachable by End of Year

By 30 June 2015 a total of 668 offshore turbines with an overall capacity of 2.777,8 MW were feeding power into the German grids. 422 of the turbines, with a combined capacity of 1.765,3 MW came online in the first half of 2015 alone, the foundation Stiftung Offshore Windenergie reported. According to the association, the industry expects offshore capacity of 3.3 GW to the connected to the grid by the end of year, i.e. a little more than half the national offshore target of 6.5 GW for 2020.

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New Ministerial Draft for Combined Heat and Power Act (KWKG) 2016: First Key Elements

A revised ministerial draft on the planned amendment of the Combined Heat and Power Act (KWKG 2016) is currently being discussed. The draft has not yet been officially released, but some key elements are already being discussed. Reportedly, the draft will provide for a phasing-out of the coal-fired combined heat and power (CHP), a change in the CHP expansion target and an increase of the CHP support for electricity from CHP plants. The previous support for electricity from CHP which is not fed into the grid for the general supply shall be dropped, with a few exceptions. In addition, mandatory direct marketing of electricity from CHP plants with more than 100 kilowatts shall be introduced.

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Germany: Largest Installed Capacity of Solar Energy Worldwide 2014

According to the “Renewable Energy Capacity Statistics 2015” report recently published by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), Germany has the world’s largest installed capacity of solar energy. Germany’s share of solar of the worldwide installed capacity amounts to 21% followed by China with 16 % and Japan with 13 %.

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BNetzA: Consultation on Draft Withdrawal of Decision on Redispatch Measures and Compensation

In 2012 the federal grid regulator (BNetzA) issued a decision for interventions in the operation of conventional power plants by the transmission system operator in order to stabilise the grid (redispatch measures). After the Higher Regional Court of recently annulled these decisions in thirteen cases, BNetzA is now planning to retroactively withdraw its decision and is asking for comments on its draft decision by 22 July 2015.

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