Monthly Archive for November, 2009

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Q-Cells Plans to Cut 500 Jobs

The solar cell manufacturer Q-Cells informed employees on Monday on the planned cut of 500 jobs. Continue reading ‘Q-Cells Plans to Cut 500 Jobs’

Energy & Meteo Systems GmbH Provides Wind Power Prediction

Wind is unreliable.  German utilities, which are mostly also grid operators, grapple with this lack of reliability as a lot of wind energy is fed into the grid pursuant to the Renewable Energy Act.  Energy & Meteo Systems GmbH, Oldenburg, promises to remedy this problem.   Continue reading ‘Energy & Meteo Systems GmbH Provides Wind Power Prediction’

Scan Energy Plans German IPO

Danish wind park and solar energy operator Scan Energy A/S plans to launch an initial public offering in the Prime Standard segment of the Frankfurt stock exchange on 9 December 2009. Continue reading ‘Scan Energy Plans German IPO’

German Oil and Natural Gas Production Down

According to the September figures of Wirtschaftsvereinigung Erdöl- und Erdgasgewinnung e.V. (WEG), German oil and natural gas production between January and September 2009 fell by 7.5 and 5.2% compared to last years figures.   Continue reading ‘German Oil and Natural Gas Production Down’

BSW-Solar Proposes Mid-Term Reduction for Solar Feed-in Tariffs in 2010

Bundesverband Solarwirtschaft (BSW-Solar), the interest group of the German solar energy industry, has reportedly agreed on a common position for the upcoming discussions with the new German government on solar feed-in tariffs.  Continue reading ‘BSW-Solar Proposes Mid-Term Reduction for Solar Feed-in Tariffs in 2010’

European Parliament and Council Agree on Energy Performance of Buildings Directive

The European Parliament and the Council have agreed on the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive as part of the Energy Efficiency Package. Continue reading ‘European Parliament and Council Agree on Energy Performance of Buildings Directive’

Federal Network Agency Caps Grid Fees of the Big Four Utilities for 2010

Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur), the regulator for the German electricity and gas market, capped grid fees for the big four utilities for 2010 by 10% to over 30%.  Continue reading ‘Federal Network Agency Caps Grid Fees of the Big Four Utilities for 2010’

EWE and Other Utilities to Raise Electricity Prices

Germany’s fifth biggest utility EWE AG annouced to raise electricity prices by 14% as of January 2010.  Continue reading ‘EWE and Other Utilities to Raise Electricity Prices’

Solon Cooperates with Bayer in Marketing Customized Solutions for Energy-Optimized Buildings

Solon SE reports that it is participating in the partner program recently launched by Bayer Material Sciences for the international marketing of innovative, economical, and ecological construction solutions.  Under the so-called EcoCommercial Building Program, Bayer acts as an intermediary for innovative partners and their high-tech products developed in collaboration with Bayer. Continue reading ‘Solon Cooperates with Bayer in Marketing Customized Solutions for Energy-Optimized Buildings’

Vattenfall’s Nuclear Liability in Germany: Some Background

Nuclear liability has newly become an issue, since Vattenfall’s CEO Lars G. Josefsson has been criticized for having created potential liabilty of the Swedish parent company for its German nuclear energy plants.  Continue reading ‘Vattenfall’s Nuclear Liability in Germany: Some Background’