Monthly Archive for October, 2009

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Nuclear Phase-Out Depending on Safety?

The expected new German coalition government of the CDU/CSU and FDP parties is in talks about a coalition agreement.  Continue reading ‘Nuclear Phase-Out Depending on Safety?’

Desertec Solar Energy Project Gains Momentum

The Desertec solar energy project gains momentum.  Continue reading ‘Desertec Solar Energy Project Gains Momentum’

Bio Fuels Sustainability Ordinance Published

The Bio Fuels Sustainability Ordinance (Verordnung über Anforderungen an eine nachhaltige Herstellung von Biokraftstoffen – Biokraftstoff-Nachhaltigkeitsverordnung – Biokraft-NachV) of 30 September 2009 has been published in the Federal Law Gazette on 5 October 2009. Continue reading ‘Bio Fuels Sustainability Ordinance Published’

Electricity Prices for Private Households Will Rise in 2010

Electricity prices for private households will rise in 2010 due to higher grid fees as a result of the increased use of underground power lines instead of overhead powerlines.  Continue reading ‘Electricity Prices for Private Households Will Rise in 2010’

Angela Merkel’s Return to Power Boosts Nuclear Industry

The chancellor will demand the state gets a share of the profits in return for any reprieve, says Chris Bryant.

Source: Financial Times

EU Carbon Tax Plan

EU Tax commissioner Laszlo Kovacs has proposed a pan-European carbon tax on emissions that do not come within the ambit of the current emissions trading scheme. Continue reading ‘EU Carbon Tax Plan’

Exxon Mobil to Explore Shale Gas Deposits in Lower-Saxony

Exxon Mobil announced test drilling in ten wells in Lower-Saxony in order to explore the shale gas deposits in the region.   Continue reading ‘Exxon Mobil to Explore Shale Gas Deposits in Lower-Saxony’

BMU Sponsors Development and Testing of Electric Cars with EUR 9.5 Million

The Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety will sponsor an electric car pilot project of the car manufacturer Karmann located in Osnabrück, Lower Saxony, with EUR 9.5 million.  Continue reading ‘BMU Sponsors Development and Testing of Electric Cars with EUR 9.5 Million’

New German Government Likely to Cut Feed-In Tariffs for Solar Energy

According to Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ), the Liberal Democrats demand cutting feed-in tariffs paid under the Erneuerbare-Energien-Gesetz (EEG – Renewable Energies Act).  Continue reading ‘New German Government Likely to Cut Feed-In Tariffs for Solar Energy’

REpower Installs First Turbine for alpha ventus Offshore Wind Farm

On 30 September 2009, REpower Systems AG has erected the first of a total of six REpower 5M turbines for the alpha ventus offshore test field. The systems each have a rated power of five megawatts (MW), with a blade tip height of 155 meters above sea level. Continue reading ‘REpower Installs First Turbine for alpha ventus Offshore Wind Farm’