Consultation on Federal Network Agency EEG 2014 Own-Supply Guidance Paper

The Federal Network Agency has started a consultation on a guidance document on so-called own-supply under the EEG 2014 (Leitfaden Eigenversorgung). Comments are due by 20 November 2015.

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Revised Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Act Finally Entered Into Force 24 October 2015

The revised Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Act (Elektro- und Elektronikgerätegesetz – ElektroG) has entered into force yesterday, 24 October 2015.

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Climate Reserve Agreement on Closing 2.7 GW of German Lignite Fired Power Stations – Expected Closure Costs EUR 1.61 Billion

The Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) said that an agreement has been reached with the lignite power station operators Mibrag, RWE and Vattenfall on putting 2.7 GW first into a special reserve and then later close the plants down. Minister Gabriel considers this to be important for reaching Germany’s climate targets.

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4,600 of 6,500 MW Offshore Grid Connection Capacity Completed – Offshore Surcharge on Steady Level, Costs EUR 162.7 million

The offshore transmission system operators 50Hertz and TenneT have completed offshore grid connections with a capacity of over 4,600 MW in the North Sea and the Baltic Sea. That brings the offshore grid expansion closer to the EEG expansion target of 6,500 MW for offshore wind by 2020. The four TSO have published the new offshore surcharge for 2016 to reallocate expected costs of EUR 162.7 million.

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EEG Surcharge Up to 6.354 ct/kWh for 2016 – 7.6% Increase for Core Surcharge

The EEG surcharge for 2016 will increase to 6.354 ct/kWh in 2016, up 3% from 6.17 this year. The grid operators expect to reallocate EUR 22.9 billion of EEG transfer payments, up 5% from last year’s 21.8 EUR billion. If you divide the expected EEG reallocation payments by the German population of 81.2 million, this means about EUR 280 per head.

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Federal Cabinet approves Act on Continued Liability for Nuclear Decommissioning and Disposal Costs and Commission for Review of Financing of Nuclear Phase Out

Today the Federal Cabinet approved the “Act on Continued Liability for Nuclear Decommissioning and Disposal Costs”. Further it also approved the establishment of a “Commission for the review of the financing of the nuclear phase out” (Kommission zur Überprüfung der Finanzierung des Kernenergieausstiegs (KFK).

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Federal Cabinet Approves More Underground Cable

On 7 October the Federal Cabinet (Bundeskabinett) approved changes of draft bill amending various laws concerning power line extension. The draft bill inter alia gives priority to underground cables instead of overhead lines in case of new high-voltage, direct current transmission lines (HVDC).

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Seminar 1 October: Capacity Mechanisms, the Energy Turnaround and State Aid Law

On 1 October, Oxera and Bird & Bird will be organising an afternoon seminar in Düsseldorf on “Capacity Mechanisms in the Energy Turnaround – Risks for Market Participants? The seminar will cover important current energy state aid law questions, and will be held mainly in German. It is free, but places are  limited. Please send me an e-mail if you are interested.

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BMWi Publishes Study Analysis of Selected Factors Affecting the Market Value of Renewable Energies

Today the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) published the study “Analysis of selected factors affecting the market value of renewable energies”.

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Ministerial Draft for Electricity Market Reform Bill: Electricity Market 2.0, Capacity Reserve, Climate Reserve & More

Various newspapers have started to published initial information on a ministerial draft for the new Electricity Market Act (Strommarktgesetz). The draft contains many elements from the the White Paper presented at the beginning of July and the government agreement of early July. It rejects proposals to introduce a capacity market, and instead relies on the concept of an “electricity market 2.0”, with additional capacity, climate and grid reserve mechanisms to secure generation adequacy.

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