New Ministerial Draft of Ordinance on Competitive Bidding for Financial Support for PV Power Redefines Suitable Land, Cuts Back on Volume

A revised ministerial draft of the planned Ordinance for Competitive Bidding for Financial Support of Freestanding Installations (FFAV) is currently being discussed. Compared with key points presented in July 2014 and a first internal draft by the ministry of October 2014, the update enlarges the land considered suitable for PV power plants that want to participate in the auctioning process as of 2016, but cuts back regarding the volume of the auctions. Instead of 600 MW annually only 400 MW shall be auctioned on average in the period 2015 to 2017.

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OVG Schleswig Declares Amendment of Regional Plan 2012 Designating Areas for Onshore Wind Power Partly Invalid

Amendments of the Regional Plan 2012 for the State of Schleswig-Holstein in Northern Germany are invalid regarding the planning areas I and III that designate areas suitable for onshore wind power, the Higher Administrative Court of Schleswig -Holstein (OVG Schleswig) ruled. The Court found the amendments flawed for procedural as well as material reasons.

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BNetzA President Homann on Options for Reform of Incentive Regulation

At today’s Handelsblatt Annual Energy Conference, Jochen Homann, President of the German Energy Regulator Bundesnetzagentur (BNetzA), explained details of the report evaluating and outlining options for reform of incentive-based regulation which was presented to the Ministry of Economics at the same day.

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BNetzA: Evaluation Report Incentive Regulation Published

The Federal Network Agency has today presented its evaluation report on the German incentive regulation (Anreizregulierung) regime. The report has 481 pages – and it comes with a short English summary.

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German Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks on Paris 2015, Renewables and Nuclear Decommissioning Costs

The keynote speech of the German Minister of the Environment, Barbara Hendricks, at the Handelsblatt Annual Energy Conference focused on Germany’s perspective and expectation for the Climate Conference 2015 in Paris. She stressed the importance to agree on a follow-up agreement of the Kyoto Protocol. The fact that the USA and China have reached an agreement very much increases the chances for a compromise. However, she noted that it will be very challenges and requires the will to compromise from all parties to reach a global accord.

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German Power Market Design: Handelsblatt Discussion Round Agrees on Need for Fast Political Decision – No Unanimous Support for Capacity Market

At the second day of the Annual Handelsblatt Energy conference, a discussion round of market participants and regulators followed up on the key note speeches of Rainer Baake of BMWi and comments of Johannes Teyssen, CEO of E.ON, on the current debate whether also in Germany a capacity market should be introduced.

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Key Official of Ministry of Economics Open on Capacity Markets in Germany, but Rejects Need to Subsidize Existing Thermal Power Plants

The second key presentation on the first day of the Handelsblatt Annual Energy Conference was from Rainer Baake, Secretary of State in the Federal Ministry of Economics,  an influential aide to Minister of Economics, Siegmar Gabriel. He explained the Ministry’s position regarding the potential introduction of capacity markets in Germany, but refused efforts to use this as an instrument to subsidize unprofitable thermal power plants.

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E.ON CEO Johannes Teyssen Presents Further Details of Split in Handelsblatt Energy Conference Keynote

In today’s opening presentation of the Handelsblatt annual Energy Conference in Berlin, Dr. Johannes Teyssen, CEO of E.ON rejected allegations that the intended split up of E.ON will create a “Bad bank” for its nuclear and thermal power plants. In a very strong and self-confident presentation he highlighted the great potential of the split-up to unleash powers of both parts of E.ON. He showed the belief that this will be best for E.ON and its customers.

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Revocation of Permit for Nuclear Interim Storage Site Brunsbüttel Binding – State will Tolerate Operation until 2018

The Federal Administrative Court (BVerwG) has rejected an appeal by the Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS) against an earlier judgement that revoked the permit for the nuclear interim storage site in Brunsbüttel, Schleswig-Holstein. The revocation is therefore legally binding. However, due to a decision issued by Energy Minister Dr. Robert Habeck of Schleswig-Holstein, the operation of the interim storage site will be tolerated until the beginning auf 2018.

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Federal Network Agency Lauches New Webpages Concerning REMIT and Market Transparency Agency

The Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) has launched a new web presence containing information on Regulation (EU) No 1227/2011 on wholesale energy market integrity and transparency (REMIT) and the obligations thereunder for market participants as well as the competences of BNetzA in monitoring compliance with the regulation. At the same time BNetzA also launched the new web presence of the Market Transparency Agency.

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