Monthly Archive for September, 2009

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North Rhine-Westphalia Backs E.ON on Datteln Coal-Fired Power Plant

In the dispute about the construction of a new coal-fired power plant in Datteln (North Rhine-Westphalia) by E.ON AG, the company has been backed by the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.   Continue reading ‘North Rhine-Westphalia Backs E.ON on Datteln Coal-Fired Power Plant’

Major Solar Park Planned in Neunkirchen-Richelbach

Main-Netz Online reports that a big solar park (34 ha, EUR 45m) is planned to be built near Neunkirchen-Richelbach. Continue reading ‘Major Solar Park Planned in Neunkirchen-Richelbach’

24th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference in Hamburg

The 24th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference takes place in Hamburg from 21st to 25th September 2009.  It is considered to be one of the most important international photovoltaics conferences. Continue reading ’24th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference in Hamburg’

Cabinet Adopts New Offshore Regional Zoning Plan for North Sea Wind Farms

The German Cabinet adopted a new regional zoning plan (Raumordnungsplan) for the North Sea part of the German Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), allowing the construction of additional offshore wind farms. Continue reading ‘Cabinet Adopts New Offshore Regional Zoning Plan for North Sea Wind Farms’

E.ON Datteln Power Station Construction Stopped

A decision of the Higher Administrative Court (Oberverwaltungsgericht) in Münster has stopped construction work on the site. Continue reading ‘E.ON Datteln Power Station Construction Stopped’

German Government Plans for 40 Offshore Wind Farms

Shortly before the Federal Election scheduled for 27 September 2009 the CDU/SPD coalition government wants to promote wind energy.  According to Wolfgang Tiefensee (SPD), Minister of Transport, Building and Urban Affairs, the Federal Government is planning to have 40 off-shore wind farms constructed in the North and Baltic Sea.  He announced to present a draft ordinance (Verordnung) on wind farm locations on Wednesday.  Locations in the North Sea would be decided about first. Continue reading ‘German Government Plans for 40 Offshore Wind Farms’

German Cartel Office Launches Investigation into District Heating Prices

The German Cartel Office launched an investigation into the prices for district heating on the assumption that competition is limited to the detriment of customers, the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) reported.  Continue reading ‘German Cartel Office Launches Investigation into District Heating Prices’

Munich Wants to Reach 100% Renewable Energy Supply by 2025

The renewable energy activities of cities and municipalities in Germany gather momentum.  The government of the Bavarian capital of Munich lead by the Social Democrat mayor Christian Ude wants all 750,000 private household to be supplied with renewable energy until 2015 and all enterprises as of 2025 at the latest, the renowned daily newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) reported.  The energy shall be generated in city-owned power plants.  To this end the city is involved in the construction of a wind farm in the North Sea and a solar thermal power plant in Spain. Continue reading ‘Munich Wants to Reach 100% Renewable Energy Supply by 2025’

EcoBlue At Home Power Plant from Volkswagen and Lichtblick

Volkswagen and the energy company Lichtblick have entered into an energy partnership for micro combined heat and power plants.  Volkswagen shall produce the small and highly efficient gas powered “EcoBlue” units.  Lichtblick shall market them as at home power plants for heat and power. Continue reading ‘EcoBlue At Home Power Plant from Volkswagen and Lichtblick’