The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (“BMWi”) has started its consultation of top level municipal and other associations (Anhörung der Kommunalen Spitzenverbände und der Verbände) on the revision of the German Renewables Energy Sources Act (EEG). In this context, it has made available an updated ministerial draft (Referentenentwurf) containing the intended changes.
The German Federal Government on 28 February 2014 brought an action before the General Court of the European Union against the opening of an in-depth investigation of the Commission to examine whether the reduction granted to energy-intensive companies on the surcharge promoting renewable energy sources in Germany (“EEG-surcharge”) is compatible with EU state aid rules. State Secretary Baake stressed that the government still intends to reach a negotiated solution with the Commission.
Figures for newly installed PV picked up again in January 2014, amounting to 193.447 MWp, according to the latest data by Federal Network Agency (BNetzA). Total German PV capacity eligible for feed-in tariffs amounted to 35,886 MWp at the end of the month, BNetzA informed.
The Federal Association of the Energy and Water Industry (BDEW) on 1 March 2014 started to issue uniform identification numbers that shall allow drivers of electric cars easy access to (preferably) all charging stations accessible to the public.
Integrating the first 5 to 10% of renewable energy generation poses no technical or economic challenges for any country at all, provided that three conditions are met, a new report by the International Energy Agency (IEA) concludes. Going beyond this to reach shares of more than 30 percent, however, requires a transformation of the system, for which there are three main requirements, IEA says.
Alpha ventus, the first German offshore wind farm comprising 12 turbines, has generated more than 1 TWh of electricity since the start of operations, equivalent to the annual consumption of 285,000 households. The operator consortium consisting of EWE AG, E.ON SE and Vattenfall GmbH said they were looking back on “three positive years of regular operations”.
While the government is in the process of revising the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG), the Commission of Experts on Research and Innovation (Expertenkommission Forschung und Innovation – EFI), recommends to abolish the EEG. Neither was it a cost-efficient climate protection tool, nor did it have a positive effect on innovation, the experts concluded in their 2014 report, presented to Chancellor Merkel today.
According to the latest data by the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW), 1,346,528 renewable power installations were generating energy in Germany in 2012. Hildegard Müller, Chairman of the BDEW Executive Board, called the plans for an overhaul of the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) an important step in the right direction, but said a number of issues still needed to be resolved.
The Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) has published an updated guideline on feed-in management measures by the grid operators under the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG 2012), providing guidance on compensation for renewable power plant operators and the recognition thereof as grid costs.