Author Archive for Stefanie Blasberg

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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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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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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German and Austrian Energy Providers File Legal Action Against Hinkley Point C State Aid Approval

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.

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Germany: Largest Installed Capacity of Solar Energy Worldwide 2014

According to the “Renewable Energy Capacity Statistics 2015” report recently published by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), Germany has the world’s largest installed capacity of solar energy. Germany’s share of solar of the worldwide installed capacity amounts to 21% followed by China with 16 % and Japan with 13 %.

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EU Parliaments Adopts Reform on European Emission Trading Scheme

On 8 July 2015 the European Parliament agreed to the reform of the ETS, including the introduction of the Market Stability Reserve (MSR).

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New Direct Marketing Peak for Renewables

The four transmission system operators 50Hertz, Amprion, TenneT and EnBW have published new figures on direct marketing quantities for renewables. They show that the direct marketing total – after a decline in April 2015 – has increased in the first half of 2015 by 6.9% to 48,627.12 MW in July.

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Federal Council: Proposal to Restrict Fracking

On 11 July 2014 the Federal Council also decided in a plenary session to refer a fracking 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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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 storage reserve lasting for 45 days.

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