The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) has published a new energy research funding notice (Förderbekanntmachung) that has become effective on 1 January 2015. The notice relates to the government’s 6th Energy Research Programme. In line with the programme it provides support for research along the whole energy value chain from power generation (including CCS) to transmission, distribution and storage as well as for energy efficiency.
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On Tuesday the government of the State of Lower Saxony approved a State CO2 Storage bill (Niedersächsische Kohlendioxid-Speicherungsgesetz – NKSpG) and submitted it to the associations involved in the matter for review (so-called Verbändeanhörung). The law shall ensure that there will be no permanent CO2 storage in Lower Saxony, the government said.
In an interview with the newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ), German EU Energy Commissionar, Günther Oettinger, a long-time critic of Germany’s high energy prices, has warned that Germany might lose its competitiveness given its hesitant stance towards energy issues such as fracking, geothermal energy and the CCS technology. He welcomed the recent debate about a limitation of the electricity prices.
Yesterday the German Parliament (Bundestag) approved the proposals for compromises made by the Mediation Committee of the Bundestag and the Bundesrat (Federal Council) for the solar feed-in tariffs cuts ad the CCS bill to transpose Directive 2009/31/EC on the geological storage of carbon dioxide into German law.
After months of political stalemate, the Mediation Committee of the Bundestag (Parliament) and the Bundesrat (Federal Council) reached an agreement on a highly controversial bill on carbon capture and storage.
No agreements were reached for the pending bills on solar feed-in tariff cuts, tax incentives for energy-efficient renovations and the CCS technology in yesterday’s meeting of the Mediation Committee of the Bundestag (Parliament) and the Bundesrat (Federal Council).
The Mediation Committee of the Federal Parliament (Bundestag) and the Federal Council (Bundesrat) has not yet found a compromise on the controversial CCS bill and the Act on Fiscal Measures Promoting Energy-Efficient Renovations of Residential Buildings, the Bundesrat informed.
Due to the political impasse with regard to a German CCS law, Vattenfall AG announced the cancellation of its EUR 1.5 billion CCS demonstration project in Jänschwalde and the exploration of possible storage facilities in Eastern Brandenburg.
After the rejection of the Act on the Demonstration and Implementation of Technologies for Carbon Capture, Transport and Permanent Storage of C02 (CCS Act) by the Bundesrat (Federal Council) in September, the German government started the formal parliamentary mediation procedure to find a comprise. However, in view of the differing standpoints on CCS among the German federal states and lawmakers, it remains unclear how a compromise may be reached.
Today, the Bundesrat (Federal Council) rejected the Bundestag’s (German Parliament’s) proposal for an Act on the Demonstration and Implementation of Technologies for Carbon Capture, Transport and Permanent Storage of C02 (CCS Act). Continue reading ‘Bundesrat Rejects CCS Law’