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Digital Business Law Blog

Just in case your interest in digital business is broader than the digitisation of the energy turnaround, you may want to have a look at Digitalbusiness.law.

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Committee Hearing on Proposed Bill on the Digitisation of the Energy Turnaround

On 13 April, the Committee on Economic Affairs and Energy of the German Bundestag held a public hearing on the Act on the Digitisation of the Energy Turnaround. A key component of this bill is the Metering Point Operating Act (Messstellenbetriebsgesetz – MsbG). Despite agreement in many areas, the experts also remained critical on various aspects of the bill.

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Euromoney’s Expert Guide for Energy 2016

I am happy to report that Euromoney included me in their new 2016 list of top legal practitioners advising on energy law. Continue reading ‘Euromoney’s Expert Guide for Energy 2016′

Blogwende – Back Online!

Thank you for all the kind emails and patience during the recent “energy savings phase” on the blog! I’ll try to get some repowering done, with more regular posts again. Anyone with great ideas, funds or time willing to contribute to a Blogwende at the German Energy Bog?

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Climate Reserve Agreement on Closing 2.7 GW of German Lignite Fired Power Stations – Expected Closure Costs EUR 1.61 Billion

The Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) said that an agreement has been reached with the lignite power station operators Mibrag, RWE and Vattenfall on putting 2.7 GW first into a special reserve and then later close the plants down. Minister Gabriel considers this to be important for reaching Germany’s climate targets.

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Hot Topics on Gas Supply Arrangements – IBA Annual Conference Vienna

I had the pleasure of chairing a great session on “Hot topics on gas supply arrangements” at the IBA’s Annual Conference in Vienna.

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Seminar 1 October: Capacity Mechanisms, the Energy Turnaround and State Aid Law

On 1 October, Oxera and Bird & Bird will be organising an afternoon seminar in Düsseldorf on “Capacity Mechanisms in the Energy Turnaround – Risks for Market Participants? The seminar will cover important current energy state aid law questions, and will be held mainly in German. It is free, but places are  limited. Please send me an e-mail if you are interested.

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Ministerial Draft for Electricity Market Reform Bill: Electricity Market 2.0, Capacity Reserve, Climate Reserve & More

Various newspapers have started to published initial information on a ministerial draft for the new Electricity Market Act (Strommarktgesetz). The draft contains many elements from the the White Paper presented at the beginning of July and the government agreement of early July. It rejects proposals to introduce a capacity market, and instead relies on the concept of an “electricity market 2.0”, with additional capacity, climate and grid reserve mechanisms to secure generation adequacy.

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SAIDI Index for Gas Security in 2014 Up Against 2013 Figure – Level with Previous Years Without Major Accident

The so-called SAIDI index (System Average Interruption Duration Index), which indicates the average time of interruptions of the gas supply per connected end consumer, went up from just 0,64 min/a in 2013 to 1.257 min/a, the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) informed. This is comparable with other years in the period 2006 and 2012. Including an accident at a high-pressure pipe that did not effect standard rate customers (Tarifkunden), the SAIDI index for 2013, however, went up to 16,801 min/a.

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Ministerial Draft for Combined Heat and Power Act Amendment (KWKG 2016) Available – BDEW Critical

A ministrial draft for a recast of the Combined Heat and Power Act (KWKG) is now available on the internet. KWKG promotes power generated in CHP plants as well as heating and cooling networks and the respective storage facilities. The draft does not change the goal of a share of power generated in CHP plants of 25% by 2020, but contains many other amendments. They correspond mostly to the key points we informed about on 17 July 2015. The Federal Association of the Energy and Water Industry (BDEW) has voiced criticism and demanded changes.

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