Who’s Who Legal in July published its annual list of the world’s leading practitioners in the energy area for 2015. I am happy to report that I was again included in this list.
Archive for the 'Nuclear' Category
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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fund within a period of five years, Rheinische Post (RP) and several other newpapers report, referring to the yet unpublished document.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.
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.
Yesterday the government announced what it called a milestone decision for the German energy transition towards renewables and its CO2 savings goal. The government agreed to scrap its controversial (in our view unlawful) plans to impose a climate levy for conventional power plants to save CO2. Instead some of the oldest coal-fired plants with a capacity of 2.7 GW shall become back-up plants. Besides the government wants to promote energy efficiency, speed up grid expansion and ensure that the decommissioning provisions made by the nuclear power operators cover Germany’s nuclear exit costs. Costs for consumers still remain largely unclear. Information regarding state aid implications was also not provided.
Citing from a not yet published answer to a minor interpellation by the Green Party, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung says that the government is not to decide about a state-owned foundation into which the German power plant operators transfer provisions made for nuclear power decommission liabilities and the storage of nuclear waste.
On Saturday 27 June 2015 at 23:59 p.m. E.ON shut down its nuclear power plant in Grafenrheinfeld in Bavaria. This was more than six months before the company was required to do so pursuant to the 2011 amendment of the Atomic Energy Act (AtG) that mandates a complete nuclear phase-out in Germany by the end of 2022.
On 18 June 2015 I gave a presentation at Freie Universität Berlin (FU Berlin) on “Current Events in Energy Law” for the Master of Business, Competition and Regulatory Law Programme. Please let me know if you would like to get the slides (in English).
On 12 June 2015 Bundestag (Parliament) adopted a bill for an IT Security Act (IT-Sicherheitsgesetz, ref. no. 18/4096) as amended by the Bundestag’s interior committee (ref. no. 18/5121). The bills aims at counteracting the increasing number of cyber attacks and improving the IT security of public authorities and the private sector. It contains new provisions for so-called critical infrastructure, including the energy sector.