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Three Negative Monthly Balances Reduce EEG Account Surplus to EUR 3.75 Billion

Three negative monthly balances in May, June and July 2015 have reduced the surplus on the Renewable Energy Account (EEG account) managed by the transmission system operators (TSOs) to EUR 3.75 billion by the end of July 2015. On 15 October 2015 the TSOs have to inform whether the EEG surcharge for consumers will be reduced in 2016.

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BMWi Presents Key Point Paper for German Renewable Energy Auctions in 2017 and Launches Consultation

The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy has presented key points for auctioning financial support for onshore and offshore wind power and photovoltaics as of 2017 and launched a consultation. Comments have to be submitted by 1 October 2015.

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New Offshore Capacity Almost 1.8 GW in First Half of 2015 – Half of Offshore Target for 2020 Reachable by End of Year

By 30 June 2015 a total of 668 offshore turbines with an overall capacity of 2.777,8 MW were feeding power into the German grids. 422 of the turbines, with a combined capacity of 1.765,3 MW came online in the first half of 2015 alone, the foundation Stiftung Offshore Windenergie reported. According to the association, the industry expects offshore capacity of 3.3 GW to the connected to the grid by the end of year, i.e. a little more than half the national offshore target of 6.5 GW for 2020.

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Germany: Largest Installed Capacity of Solar Energy Worldwide 2014

According to the “Renewable Energy Capacity Statistics 2015” report recently published by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), Germany has the world’s largest installed capacity of solar energy. Germany’s share of solar of the worldwide installed capacity amounts to 21% followed by China with 16 % and Japan with 13 %.

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New Direct Marketing Peak for Renewables

The four transmission system operators 50Hertz, Amprion, TenneT and EnBW have published new figures on direct marketing quantities for renewables. They show that the direct marketing total – after a decline in April 2015 – has increased in the first half of 2015 by 6.9% to 48,627.12 MW in July.

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Energy Consumption in Germany up by Almost 5% in Q1 – High Growth of Natural Gas and Wind Power, Solar Power Loses Against the Trend

Mainly due to colder weather energy consumption in Germany rose by almost 5% in Q1 2015, compared with the same period last year, Arbeitsgemeinschaft Energiebilanzen (Working Group Energy Balances – AGEB) reported. Heating fuels like natural gas and mineral oil benefitted in particular. Wind power gained even more, while solar power lost against the trend.

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BSH Publishes Update of Federal Offshore Plan for German EEZ in the North Sea

The Federal Agency for Maritime Shipping and Hydrography (BSH) has published an update of the Federal Offshore Plan (Bundesfachplan Offshore) for the German Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of the North Sea (BFO-N). The update contains minor changes concerning power line routes and locations of installations. Besides it reduces the required depth of cover for power cables including in traffic separation areas (Verkehrstrennungsgebieten) in the EEZ from 3 metres to 1.5 metres, BSH said.

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Amendment of Regulation on Markings of Aviation Obstacles Including Wind Turbines

The Federal Government has submitted an amendment of the Administrative Regulation Concerning Markings of Aviation Obstacles (AVV), which will affect wind turbines.

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Onshore Wind Power Auctioning Breakfast Seminar – What Will Happen in 2017?

There will be an Energy Breakfast Seminar at Bird & Bird in Düsseldorf on 9 June 2015 (8:00 to 9:30) about status of plans for auctioning wind power in 2017 stand. If you happen to speak German and are in the Düsseldorf area, this might be something for you.

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Article on 2014 German Renewable Energy Sources Act Revision Published

Our article “The 2014 German Renewable Act revision – from feed-in tariffs to direct marketing to competitive bidding” has just been published online in the Journal of Energy & Natural Resources Law (JENRL). On 16 pages (with lots of footnotes), the article describes the major changes to the German support system for renewable energy sources following the 2014 revision of the German Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG 2014).

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