Federal Council: Proposal to Restrict Fracking

On 11 July 2014 the Federal Council also decided in a plenary session to refer a tracking proposal on to its committees. The federal states Schleswig-Holstein, Baden-Wuerttemberg and Hessen had introduced a proposal to amend the German Federal Mining Act, intended to restrict natural gas production by means of fracking.

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RWE Innogy and Naturdünger Münsterland Cancel Biogas Plant Plan after EEG Amendments

After the recent EEG amendments RWE Innogy and Naturdünger Münsterland (NDM) have cancelled their plan to jointly erect and operate a biogas plant in North Rhine-Westphalia.

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Federal Council: German 45 Day National Gas Reserve Resolution

On 11 July the Federal Council (Bundesrat) adopted a resolution aimed at ensuring a permanent contribution of gas storage facilities to the German energy supply by asking the German government to create a national gas reserve lasting for 45 days.

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First German Municipal Utility Holding to File for Insolvency

The German municipal utility Stadtwerke Gera AG filed for insolvency on 27 June 2014. According to press reports it is the first Stadtwerk to take this step, albeit it is wholly owned by the Eastern German town of Gera which is its sole shareholder and with approximately 100,000 citizens the 3rd-largest city of the Central German state of Thuringia . On the 3rd of July also two of its subsidiaries went into administration, the public transportation enterprise Gerarer Verkehrsbetriebe GmbH and Flugbetriebsgesellschaft mbH Gera which operates the municipal airport.

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June Deficit in Renewable Surcharge Account – 18% EEG Account Cost Increase in First Half of 2014

An EEG account deficit of EUR 112,089,730.49 in June lead to a slightly reduced positive balance on the Renewable Surcharge Account (EEG account) of EUR 1,578,443,876.89 at the end of June, the four German transmission system operators (TSOs) informed. Compared with June 2013 costs for transfer payments to renewable power plant operators, i.e. feed-in tariffs or direct marketing premiums, were about 18% higher.

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163/204 MWp PV Capacity Added in April and May 2014

In April and May 2014 new solar capacity amounting to 163.001 and 204.036 MWp were installed, the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA), informed. Total German PV capacity eligible for support under the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) amounted to 36,519 MWp at the end of May.

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EEG 2.0: Consultation on Auctioning Procedure for Photovoltaic Projects

While Germany is celebrating the world championship, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) didn’t take a break and launched today a consultation on the auctioning procedure for photovoltaic projects.

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EEG 2.0 passes Bundesrat

In its last session before the summer recess, the Federal Council (Bundesrat) followed the vote of the Bundestag (Parliament) of 27 June 2014 regarding the revision of the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG).  Now Federal President  (Bundespräsident) Joachim Gauck is due to sign the bill before the EEG reform package can enter into force on 1 August.

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EEG 2.0: Legislative Process on Track

After the Bundestag has voted on the EEG revision on 27 June, now only the Federal Council (Bunderat) has to approve the revision. The decision of the Federal Council has been scheduled for July 11.

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Higher Fees for EEG Surcharge Reduction Applications for Energy Intensive Companies

The revision of the EEG 2014 leads to further changes for energy-intensive companies. Today the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) published a draft ordinance regarding the adjustment of fees for applications under the special equalisation scheme. Continue reading ‘Higher Fees for EEG Surcharge Reduction Applications for Energy Intensive Companies’