PV capacity additions in June 2015 amounted to 95.502 MWp. By 30 June 2015, a total of 38,850 MWp of solar capacity were eligible for support under the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG), the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) reported.
To facilitate the access to renewable energy patents and standards the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) launched a new online platform, the International Standards and Patents in Renewable Energy platform (INSPIRE). INSPIRE helps users search through, locate and analyse 400 international standards and more than 2 million patents for renewable energy technology.
Two recent rulings by the Federal Administrative Court (BVerwG) have clarified the requirements under which independent business units of manufacturing companies could apply for a limitation of the surcharge paid on electricity in support of renewable energy sources (EEG surcharge) under the Renewable Energy Sources Act 2009 (Section 41 para. 5 EEG 2009).
The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy has presented key points for auctioning financial support for onshore and offshore wind power and photovoltaics as of 2017 and launched a consultation. Comments have to be submitted by 1 October 2015.
A study commissioned by the Green Party advises to transfer the provisions in the amount of roughly EUR 38 billion made for the nuclear exit liabilities by the nuclear power operators to a public fund within a period of five years, Rheinische Post (RP) and several other newpapers report, referring to the yet unpublished document. Otherwise there was the risk that the provisions could vanish, the study reportedly says.
The Foreign Office has published an English language brochure “Who is Who of the Energiewende in Germany” that is intended to serve as a guide to better understand the Energiewende (energy transition) in Germany. It informs briefly about the goals of the Energiewende and provides helpful information on contact partners in politics, industry and society.
On 25 July 2015 the IT Security Act (IT-Sicherheitsgesetz) entered into force. The law is a response to the increasing number of cyber attacks and shall improve IT security for public authorities and the private sector. It contains new provisions for critical infrastructure, including in the energy sector.
The European Commission today announced that it took important decisions to ensure that the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) can start operations in early autumn 2015. It is the main instrument under The Investment Plan for Europe (also called Juncker Plan) aimed to kick-start investment in strategic projects, including energy-related projects, unlocking investment of at least EUR 315 billion in the period 2015 to 2017.
Ten municipal utilities and green power providers on 15 July 2015 filed a legal action with the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg against the state aid approval by the European Commission for the Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant in the United Kingdom.
By 30 June 2015 a total of 668 offshore turbines with an overall capacity of 2.777,8 MW were feeding power into the German grids. 422 of the turbines, with a combined capacity of 1.765,3 MW came online in the first half of 2015 alone, the foundation Stiftung Offshore Windenergie reported. According to the association, the industry expects offshore capacity of 3.3 GW to the connected to the grid by the end of year, i.e. a little more than half the national offshore target of 6.5 GW for 2020.