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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′

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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Storage Federation Welcomes Demands by Federal Council to Extend Grid Fee Exemption for Storage Facilities

In a statement made concerning a bill submitted by the government amending various laws concerning power line extension, the Federal Council (Bundesrat) proposed to also extend grid fee exemptions for storage facilities. The German Federation for Energy Storage (BVES) welcomed the move, but called it not far-reaching enough.

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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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BMWi Examines Need for National Gas Reserve

The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) headed by Minister Sigmar Gabriel (SPD) is in the process of commissioning a study, which shall point out ways to improve the security with supply of gas and precautionary measures in Germany, Rheinische Post (RP) writes.

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EU Gas Stress Test: Cooperation is Key to Cope with Possible Russian Supply Disruption

On 16 October the EU Commission published the results of stress tests carried out by 38 European countries, including the EU countries, which simulated two disruption scenarios. Cooperation among the Member States is key to alleviate the effects of disruptions, the Commission says.

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Agora Energiewende: Energy Transition May Proceed without Electricity Storage for 2O Years – Transport, Heat and Chemicals Markets Will Drive Growth

Up to a share of 60% of renewable energy sources in the energy mix, i.e. for the next 15 to 20 years, the German energy transformation can do without new electricity storage facilities, as there are cheaper options to provide the flexible electricity input needed in view of the intermittent nature of renewables. However, new storage technologies like batteries, power-to-heat or power-to-gas will presumably grow dynamically nonetheless, due to rising demand from the transport, heat and chemicals, a new study presented by the energy think tank, Agora Energiewende, says.

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Federal Council: German 45 Day National Gas Reserve Resolution

On 11 July the Federal Council (Bundesrat) adopted a resolution aimed at ensuring a permanent contribution of gas storage facilities to the German energy supply by asking the German government to create a national gas storage reserve lasting for 45 days.

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Bavaria Proposes German 45 Day National Gas Reserve

Today the Federal Council discussed a motion by the State of Bavaria, ruled by the conservative CSU party, to create a strategic gas reserve. Bavaria wants the Federal Council to adopt a resolution aimed at ensuring a permanent contribution of gas storage facilities to the German energy supply by asking the German government to create a national gas reserve lasting for 45 days.

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New Information by BDEW and BNetzA on Expected German Power Generation Capacity Developments

The latest update of the Federal Association of the Energy and Water Industry’s (BDEW) list of power plant projects planned until 2020 (or without date for commissioning) comprising plants with a high availability (conventional and offshore plants) mentions increasing investor uncertainty and reluctance, with an exception in the offshore sector. On 2 April 2014 the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) also presented an update of its list of existing power plants and gave new information on prospective construction and decommissioning.

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