Author Archive for Simon Groneberg

New Ministerial Draft for Combined Heat and Power Act (KWKG) 2016: First Key Elements

A revised ministerial draft on the planned amendment of the Combined Heat and Power Act (KWKG 2016) is currently being discussed. The draft has not yet been officially released, but some key elements are already being discussed. Reportedly, the draft will provide for a phasing-out of the coal-fired combined heat and power (CHP), a change in the CHP expansion target and an increase of the CHP support for electricity from CHP plants. The previous support for electricity from CHP which is not fed into the grid for the general supply shall be dropped, with a few exceptions. In addition, mandatory direct marketing of electricity from CHP plants with more than 100 kilowatts shall be introduced.

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BNetzA: Consultation on Draft Withdrawal of Decision on Redispatch Measures and Compensation

In 2012 the federal grid regulator (BNetzA) issued a decision for interventions in the operation of conventional power plants by the transmission system operator in order to stabilise the grid (redispatch measures). After the Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf recently annulled these decisions in thirteen cases, BNetzA is now planning to retroactively withdraw its decision and is asking for comments on its draft decision by 22 July 2015.

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German Cartel Office: Activity Report 2013/2014

On June 30, 2015, the President of the German Cartel Office (“Bundeskartellamt”), Andreas Mundt, presented the Activity Report for the years 2013/2014. At the same time the authority also published its “Annual Report 2014“.

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