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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′

IBE Conference on Digitisation of the Energy Industry in Bochum

This year’s annual conference of the Institute for Mining and Energy Law (IBE) at Ruhr Universität Bochum was on the “Digitisation of the Energy Industry”. I had the pleasure of speaking on “From Industry 4.0 to Energy 4.0: Future Business Models and Legal Relations”.

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Energy Efficiency Including Renovations of Buildings and NAPE Climate Measures Among the Biggest Items to Increase State Aid

Measures to increase energy-efficient renovations of buildings and energy efficiency in general as well as other measures included in the National Energy Efficiency Action Plan (NAPE) are the biggest items aside from broadband expansion that increased state aid in the federal budget for 2016, the Federal Ministry of Finance (BMF) said. Government approved the ministries 25th report on state aid yesterday.

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Who’s Who Legal Energy 2015: Recognition as Leading Practitioner

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.

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Government Scraps Climate Levy – Agreement Also on Grid Expansion, Nuclear Power and Energy Efficiency

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.

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Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Presents Energy Efficiency Incentive Programme Instead of Tax Relief

The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) has announced a new Energy Efficiency Incentive Programme providing support in the amount of EUR 165 million per year. The energy efficiency programme shall replace a previously proposed tax incentive regime for energy-efficient renovations that could not be agreed on with the Länder (federal states).

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KfW Funding of Energy-efficient Construction and Renovation of Non-Residential Buildings Starts in July 2015

Germany wants to reach an almost climate-neutral building stock by 2050. To promote not only the energy-efficiency of residential buildings, but also of commercial and municipal buildings, the state-owned promotional bank KfW will increase support for energy-efficient renovations of commercial and municipal buildings and the construction of new energy-efficient non-residential buildings.

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Key Points for Additional 22 Million CO2 Reduction by Conventional Power Plants Unconstitutional and in Violation of EU ETS?

The December 2014 “Action Programme on Climate Protection 2020″ contained the announcement that the German power plant fleet should be made to contribute to saving CO2 by reducing its emissions by an additional 22 million tonnes up to 2020. A key point paper from the Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) released yesterday provides first information on how this shall be done. However, despite obvious legal concerns, without addressing why the proposal complies both with the German constitution and the European emissions trading regime.

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