The market for energy-efficiency products has grown by 16% to EUR 146 billion in 2012, the German business initiative for energy-efficiency (DENEFF) informed, presenting a new survey. Employment in the sector has risen by 10% to roughly 800,000 employees, DENEFF said.
The Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi) has launched the project “Energy-efficient Factory for Interdisciplinary Technology and Applied Research” (eta-Fabrik). Its aim is to research and optimise energy-efficiency at all stages of the industrial production process.
A 4-page factsheet on the e-Highway2050 project is available in English, the German Energy Agency (dena) informed. The e-Highway2050 project is aimed at developing a methodology to support the planning of the Pan-European Transmission Network, focusing on 2020 to 2050, to ensure the reliable delivery of renewable electricity and pan-European market integration.
A legal framework for the fracking technology used for extracting natural gas and oil from deep underground is not likely to be voted on by Parliament in the near future. Due to disagreement within the ruling Conservative/Liberal coalition the Federal Cabinet will not vote on a fracking bill on Wednesday, various newspapers report.
The Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) has published the extended draft for the Strategic Environmental Assessement (SUP 2013) relating to the Federal Requirement Plan for Transmission Networks. SUP 2013 will examine the impact of the electricity grid expansion and enhancement on human beings, animals and the environment.
The government has passed a revised draft ordinance amending the 26th Ordinance Implementing the Federal Immission Control Act Concerning Electromagnetic Fields (26th BImSchV) and the Ordinance Concerning Electromagnetic Fields in the Telecommunications Sector (BEMFV). The amendment of the 26th BImschV will be of considerable importance for grid expansion as it contains new restrictions for overhead lines above residential housing and an unclear minimisation clause.
The government of Baden-Württemberg has adopted a bill on climate protection, which contains ambitious greenhouse gas emission targets for 2020 and 2050. The bill shall be voted on by the state parliament before the summer recess, the government said.
The Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) has presented its Annual Report for 2012 for the telecoms, postal services, railway, gas and electricity sectors. Jochen Homann, the president of BNetzA, called for a new market design for conventional as well as renewable energy, and once again advised customers to make use of the possibilities of the liberalised market to switch suppliers.
On 2 May 2013, the Commission published a Communication on “Energy Technologies and Innovation”, setting out a strategy to enable the EU to have a world-class technology and innovation sector fit for coping with the challenges up to 2020 and beyond. The Federal Association of the Energy and Water Industry (BDEW) welcomed the communication, saying new, innovative products and business models as well as technical innovations were needed for a successful implementation of the energy policy shift in Germany
New high voltage direct current power lines can help to transmit electricity over long distances with relatively low transmission losses. My new article published in the law journal “Recht der Energiewirtschaft” (RdE – in German) assesses technical and legal aspects of constructing HVDC power lines in Germany.