BDEW: Gas Consumption Declines by 18%, Electricity Consumption by 4% in First Three Quarters of 2014 – Renewables Meet 28% of Demand

According to preliminary figures by the Federal Association of the Energy and Water Industry (BDEW), gas consumption declined by 18% and electricity consumption by 4% with renewable energy meeting 28% of demand in the first three quarters of 2014.

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TSOs Publish Grid Surcharge for Interruptible Loads for 2015

Here comes data on electricity surcharge No. 4 for 2015: The surcharge on grid fees final consumers have to pay in 2015 for costs incurred by the transmission system operators (TSOs) relating to contracts on interruptible loads is 0.006 ct/kWh, the TSOs announced.

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2015 Offshore Discount: TSOs Publish Offshore Surcharge for 2015 – Refund for Customers with Consumption up to 1 GWh

The German transmission grid operators have published the new offshore surcharge for 2015. They may may levy the offshore surcharge under certain conditions for compensation payments to offshore wind power operators due to disruptions of power lines and grid connection delays according to Section 17f EnWG (German Energy Act). The surcharge is based on the estimated costs for the next year (2015), but this time also includes a large refund as the 2013 surcharge proved to be too high. This leads to a negative offshore surcharge (i.e. an offshore discount) of – 0.051 ct/kWh for consumers with a consumption of up to 1,000,000 kWh at an individual point of delivery.

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Stockholm Wind Seminar: Wind Power Investments – What does the Future Hold?

My colleagues from the Bird & Bird Stockholm office are organising a seminar on “Wind Power Investments – What does the Future Hold?” on 27 November. I will have the pleasure to speak about “Energiewende 3.0 – Changing German Feed-in Tariffs to Competitive Bidding by 2017?”

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TSOs Publish § 19(2) StromNEV Grid Surcharge for 2015 to Compensate for Individual Grid Charges

The German transmission system operators (TSOs) have published the electricity grid surcharge for 2015 pursuant to Section 19 para. 2 StromNEV (Electricity Grid Charges Ordinance – StromNEV). The 2015 grid surcharge will also be used to settle grid charge changes dure to a regulatory amendment of the StromNEV in August 2013 that affected the surcharges for 2012 and 2013.

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BAFA: EEG Surcharge Reduction Application Quantity Slightly Down

On 30 September 2014 the deadline for submitting applications for a reduction of the surcharge promoting renewable energy sources in Germany (“EEG-surcharge”) by energy-intensive companies and rail operators ended. The total amount of energy for which applications have been submitted, fell slightly from 119,3 TWh in 2014 to 117,8 TWh, the Federal Office of Economics and Export Control (BAFA) informed. With the reform of the Renewable Energy Source Act that entered into force on 1 August 2014, the requirements had been tightened.

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Government Adopts Ordinance Updating Measurement and Verification Act

On Wednesday the government adopted an ordinance that regulates details concerning the new Measurement and Verification Act that will enter into force on 1 January 2015. The legal provisions are intended to keep pace with rapid technological progress while at the same time making the rules more flexible thus reducing costs for the industry.

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Hochtief is Selling Offshore Assets to Belgian Marine Contractor and Long-term Partner GeoSea

In a move to streamline activities, Essen-based construction company Hochtief is selling its offshore assets to marine contractor and long-term partner GeoSea, a subsidiary of the DEME group, Hochtief informed. The Belgian company with a long tradition in marine engineering, is acquiring all of Hochtief‘s jack-up vessels and work pontoons, including full ownership of the heavy-lift jack-up vessel “Innovation”, one of the largest jack-up vessels in the marine construction industry.

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1.1% Reduction of 2105 EEG Surcharge to 6.17 ct/kWh – EUR 21.8 Billion Total, 17% Increase of Core EEG Surcharge?

The Renewable Energy Surcharge (EEG Surcharge) for 2015 will be reduced by 1.1% to 6.17 ct/kWh from 6.24 ct/kWh in 2014, the transmission system operators (TSOs) announced today. However, it looks like the underlying core EEG surcharge will increase by 17% from 5.146 ct/kWh to about 6 ct/kWh.  Total EEG surcharge payments are estimated to be 21.8 billion EUR.

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European Commission: Progress towards Completing the Internal Energy Market 2014 Report – Specific Recommendations for Germany

Shortly before the new Commission will take office, the outgoing Commissioner Günther Oettinger presented a comprehensive report on progress towards the completion of the Internal Energy Market.

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