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BDEW: Majority of German Population Still Supports Energy Transition – New Figures for the Heat Market

The German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW) has presented new figures regarding the acceptance of the phase-out of nuclear energy and the expansion of renewables energy and the heat market.

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Vattenfall Agrees to Sell 74.9 % Share in Electricity Grid to City of Hamburg

Vattenfall reported to have agreed with the City of Hamburg to sell its 74.9% in the electricity grid to the city, making it the sole owner. The city, which also holds a 25.1% stake in the district heating network, also has an option to buy Vattenfall’s 74.9% stake in 2019.

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Electricity and Gas Monitoring Report 2013

Shortly before Christmas 2013, the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) and the German Cartel Office released their second joint Monitoring Report on the energy markets. The Monitoring Report 2013 informs about the developments in the German energy markets in 2012, but also provides some information based on 2013 data.

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Hamburg Votes in Favour of Remunicipalisation of Electricity, Gas and District Heating Distribution Grids

Together with the Federal election on 22 September 2013, the citizens of Hamburg were asked to vote in a referendum whether the City of Hamburg should remunicipalise in total the distribution grids for electricity, gas and district heating. A narrow majority of 50.9% voted in favour. Social Democrat mayor Olaf Scholz vowed to accept the vote.

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2013 German Election Energy Party Profiles – Part 6: Energy Efficiency

In the last posts we focused mainly on the producer’s and supplier’s side of the energy market, including renewables, as well as on gird-related aspects, including smart grids. Today we continue our series on the competing parties’ positions on how to give incentives to consumers directed towards increasing energy efficiency.

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BDEW and AGFW Call CHP Indispensable for Climate Goals – Changes Needed for Legal Framework

Combined heat and power is  essential for reaching Germany’s energy policy goals, the Federal Association of the Energy and Water Industry (BDEW) and AGFW, the German Heat & Power Association, said when presenting a new study on CHP. To better tap the potential of CHP, they demanded changes of the legal framework.

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New Regulations for Heat Supply Contract in Rented Apartments

Since May a new provision in the German Civil Code (BGB), Section 556 c BGB, sets out the requirements under which tenants have to bear the costs for heat supplied under a heat supply contracting agreement entered into by the landlord. On 1 July a corresponding Heat Supply Ordinance (Wärmelieferverordnung – WärmeLV) became effective. It further specifies the BGB requirements.

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German Cartel Office Launches Investigation into District Heating Prices

The German Cartel Office has launched an investigation into the prices charged for district heating provided by seven utilities in 30 supply areas all over Germany.

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Improved Funding Under Renewable Energy Incentive Programme as of Mid-August

The Federal Ministry for the Environment (BMU) announced improved funding conditions under the Renewable Energy Incentive Programme (Marktanreizprogramm für erneuerbare Energien – MAP) as of 15 August 2012.

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Bundesrat Clears Amendment of Combined Heat and Power Act

The Federal Council (Bundesrat) did not object to the amendment of the Combined Heat and Power Act (KWKG), which the Bundestag recently approved. Hence the amended Act can enter into force the day after the promulgation of the amendment in the Federal Gazette.

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