The municipal utility of the city of Karlsruhe (Stadtwerke Karlsruhe) announced a cooperation with EnBW AG, one of the major national utilities, with regard to the testing of smart meters. A field test was planned in the city of Karlsruhe in autumn, Stadtwerke Karlsruhe said. After its evaluation in the second half of 2015, a larger field test shall be conducted.
Consultations for the 2014 version of the gas as well as the electricity onshore and offshore grid development plans have started.
In a research project for system services called INEES Volkswagen AG (VW) teamed up with green electricity provider Lichtblick, PV inverter manufacturer SMA Solar Technology AG and Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy System Technology (IWES). 20 VW e-up electric cars delivered to test customers shall not only be powered by electricity, but feed back electricity into the grid due to intelligent charging technology and software. That way they shall form a demand-oriented storage battery of a significant size that is able to balance the fluctuating input of wind and solar power and stablize the grid.
The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) has made additional background material on the EEG 2014 revision available on its website.
In 27 preliminary injunction proceedings (Eilrechtsanträgen) brought by five nuclear power plant operators, the Fiscal Court of Hamburg ordered various Main Customs Offices (Hauptzollämter) to preliminarily refund EUR 2.2 billion paid as nuclear fuel rod taxes.
A new report by Working Group III contributing to the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) shows that emissions have risen to unprecedented levels, growing more quickly between 2000 and 2010 than in the three previous decades. Hence reaching the goal of limiting the global mean temperature to two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, requires major institutional and technological changes, the report concludes.
The Bavarian government has adopted a draft bill regulating minimum distances of wind power plants to residential housing. Bavaria is thus the first federal state that makes use of a draft bill the German government adopted together with the bill on a reform of the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG). The bill amending the Federal Building Code allows the federal states to include minimum distances in the state building laws (cf. new Section 249 no. 3 BauGB).
Together with the EEG reform bill the government also passed the second monitoring report “Energy of the Future” on 8 April 2014. Based on 65 indicators, progress of the German Energiewende has been monitored. Besides, an expert committee has published an independent opinion.
The European Commission has today released its state aid guidelines for assessing public support projects in the field of energy and the environment for the period 2014 to 2020. Under the new regime the German government shall be able to largely uphold reductions on the EEG surcharge, though reductions will have to be scaled back and can only be granted to a more limited group of companies.
In line with the schedule set by Energy Minister Sigmar Gabriel (SPD), the government today adopted today the bill amending the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG). It is officially intended to cut costs for the support renewables as of 1 August 2014 by subjecting renewable energy sources to market forces to a greater extent, while ensuring continued renewable growth. The bill does not yet contain provisions on EEG reductions for energy-intensive industries, which had been discussed with the Commission in Brussels. Agreement had been reached late last night, Minister Gabriel informed.