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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.