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dena 2015 Report on Energy Efficiency of Buildings: Private Households Paid More Than € 50 Billion in Energy Costs

The 2015 report on energy efficiency by the German Energy Agency (dena) provides comprehensive data on the energy efficiency of the 18.6 million residential buildings in Germany as well as, for the first time, on the roughly 3 million non-residential buildings.

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Energy Ministry Presents Revised Renewable Energy Incentive Programme for the Heating Market (MAP) to Increase CO2 Savings

The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) has presented the revised Renewable Energy Incentive Programme for the Heating Market (MAP) in an aim to boost the share of renewables in the heating and cooling sector. The programme that provides a total amount of support of EUR 300 million annually will enter into force on 1 April 2015.

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Federal Council Also Approves Bill Making Energy Audits Mandatory for Large Companies by December 2015

Today the Federal Council (Bundesrat) that represents the interests of the sixteen German states (Länder) approved a bill which partly transposes Directive 2012/27/EU on energy efficiency by making in particular energy audits mandatory for large companies by 5 December 2015 and in four year intervals thereafter. Parliament had already voted in favour of the bill in February.

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Parliament Approved Bill Making Energy Audits Mandatory for Large Companies by December 2015

In early February the German Parliament (Bundestag) approved a bill which partly transposes Directive 2012/27/EU on energy efficiency by making in particular energy audits mandatory for large companies by 5 December 2015 and in four year intervals thereafter.

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No Tax Incentives for Energy-Efficient Renovation? Heavy Criticism by BDEW

According to media reports, the government and the federal states yet again could not agree on planned tax incentives promoting energy-efficient renovations contained in the latest German National Energy Efficiency Action Plan (NAPE). The Federal Association of the Energy and Water Industry (BDEW) strongly criticised the parties. Similar plans by the previous government also failed due to opposition by the federal states that feared tax losses.

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Commission Adopts Strategy for European Energy Union

The European Commission has today adopted its European Energy Union Package. It includes three communications, covering a “Framework Strategy for a Resilient Energy Union with a Forward-Looking Climate Change Policy, and Interconnection Communication, and a communication setting out a vision for a global climate agreement in Paris in December.

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Key Points for New German Ordinances on Smart Meters

On 9 February 2015 the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) published key points for several ordinances on smart measurement systems for electricity.

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Energy Efficiency and Implementation of Energy Transition Among Top Priorities of Annual Economic Report 2015

Energy efficiency and the implementation of the Energiewende figure among the top priorities of the Annual Economic Report 2015 entitled “Investing in Germany’s and Europe’s Future”, which the German government presented yesterday. The government raised its 2015 growth forecast for the gross national product from 1.3% to 1.5%.

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German Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks on Paris 2015, Renewables and Nuclear Decommissioning Costs

The keynote speech of the German Minister of the Environment, Barbara Hendricks, at the Handelsblatt Annual Energy Conference focused on Germany’s perspective and expectation for the Climate Conference 2015 in Paris. She stressed the importance to agree on a follow-up agreement of the Kyoto Protocol. The fact that the USA and China have reached an agreement very much increases the chances for a compromise. However, she noted that it will be very challenges and requires the will to compromise from all parties to reach a global accord.

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BDEW: Further Energy Market Reforms Needed – Situation of Utilities with Conventional Plants Deteriorates

After the reform of the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) in 2014, reforms and regulations regarding the energy market design, combined heat and power, the incentive regulation, grid expansion, renewable energy, CO2 savings in power plants and energy efficiency, had to be tackled, the Federal Association of the Energy and Water Industry (BDEW) demanded at the beginning of the new year. In a BDEW survey 39% of those surveyed saw their economic conditions worsening over the last two years. Utilities with conventional power capacity were hardest hit.

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