Government Approves IT Security Bill – IT Security Report Presented

Yesterday the government approved a bill for an IT Security Act (IT-Sicherheitsgesetz) aimed at counteracting the increasing number of cyber attacks and improve the IT security of public authorities and the private sector. The draft also contains new provisions for critical infrastructure, including in particular the energy sector.

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Fracking Bill to be Submitted to Parliament in Q1 2015

A bill regulating the controversial fracking technology shall be submitted to Parliament in the first quarter of 2015, the government announced today in a meeting of the Committee for Economics and Energy. There had been rumours in June this year  that a bill would be presented to Parliament soon.

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Today’s Cabinet Meeting: No Decision on Ordinance Regulating Competitive Bidding for Financial Support for PV Power Plants

The planned Ordinance for Competitive Bidding for Financial Support of Freestanding Installations (FFAV) again did not figure of the agenda for today’s meeting of the German Federal Cabinet. It therefore looks like the originally planned entry into force of the ordinance in January 2015 will have to be postponed.

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BDEW: Gas Consumption Down 14% and Electricity Consumption Almost 4% in 2014, Mainly Due to Mild Weather

Gas consumption in Germany declined by roughly 14% and electricity consumption by almost 4% in 2014 due to the mild weather, the Federal Association of the Energy and Water Industry (BDEW) informed based on preliminary figures for the year.

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UN Climate Change Conference Marathon in Lima Ends with Further Preparatory Steps for Paris Meeting 2015

The UN Climate Change Conference in Lima held over the last two weeks in Lima, Peru, ended on Sunday, two days later than scheduled. It took preparatory steps for a global environmental agreement aimed at limiting global warming to two degrees Celsius over pre-industrial levels to be concluded in Paris at the end of next year and due to take effect 2020.

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BNetzA Receives Application for Major Grid Expansion Project Following Energy Turnaround: 500kV HVDC “SuedLink”

The Federal Network Agency has received the application for federal grid planning procedure for the so-called SuedLink (South Link) power line project, a new 600 to 700 km long 500kV HVDC power line linking Wilster in Northern Germany with Grafenrheinfeld in Southern Germany. SuedLink one of the most important power line projects contained in the Federal Requirement Plan adopted in 2013 following the decision in 2011 to phase-out nuclear power by 2022.

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TSOs Launch Load Management Server for Interruptible Loads

The four German transmission system operators (TSOs) successfully launched a joint load management server for interruptible loads in an effort to optimise and automate the handling of interruptible loads according to the relevant legal provisions.

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Winter Electricity Grid Reserve Capacity for 2014/2015 Increased to 3,636 MW

The four transmission system operators 50Hertz, Amprion, TenneT und TransnetBW have secured 3,636 MW winter reserve capacity, 545 MW more than the 3,091 MW originally determined in May.

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Council Meeting Discusses European 2030 Climate and Energy Strategy, Reviews 2020 Strategy and Adopts Conclusions on Internal Energy Market and ILUC

At the EU Council meeting on energy yesterday in Brussels, Council held a policy debate on the 2030 Climate and Energy framework. Following-up on the October European Council conclusions, the Council discussed a mid-term review of the Europe 2020 strategy and adopted conclusions on the completion of the internal energy market as well as its position at first reading on the draft directive on indirect land-use change (ILUC). One aspect of the debate was to explore the potential of energy and climate sector to attract investments in the framework of Commission President Juncker’s proposed EUR 315 billion investment plan.

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Government Approves Amendment of Equalisation Scheme and Execution Ordinances

The government has adopted an amendment that shall bring the Equalisation Scheme Ordinance (AusglMechV) and the Execution Ordinance (AusglMechAV) in line with the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG 2014) that entered into force on 1 August 2014.

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