Monthly Archive for April, 2010

Additional State Funding for Electric Cars Postponed

The ruling coalition government reportedly does not want to increase state funding for electric cars at the official launch of the National Electromobility Initiative on 3 May 2010. Continue reading ‘Additional State Funding for Electric Cars Postponed’

E.ON to Sell US Subsidiary to PPL Corporation

E.ON AG, Germany’s largest utility, announced yesterday that it has entered into an agreement with PPL Corporation, Allentown, U.S.A., to sell its power and gas business in the US for USD 7.6 billion. Continue reading ‘E.ON to Sell US Subsidiary to PPL Corporation’

50 German Companies Raided for Emission Allowance Carousel Fraud

Yesterday, German prosecutors raided 230 offices of 50 German companies in an investigation into alleged VAT tax evasion of EUR 180 million using emission allowance trading. Continue reading ’50 German Companies Raided for Emission Allowance Carousel Fraud’

Former SAP CEO to Head German National Electromobility Initiative

The former SAP CEO Henning Kagermann has reportedly been named as chairman of the steering committee of the National Electromobility Initiative (Nationale Plattform Elektromobilität), says Handelsblatt.  Continue reading ‘Former SAP CEO to Head German National Electromobility Initiative’

Photon’s 6th Photovoltaic Technology Show 2010 Europe Opened in Stuttgart

Photon’s 6th Photovoltaic Technology Show 2010 Europe takes place from 27 to 29 April 2010 at the Trade Fair Centre Stuttgart. It is organized by the publishers of Photon International, the English language photovoltaic magazine. Continue reading ‘Photon’s 6th Photovoltaic Technology Show 2010 Europe Opened in Stuttgart’

German Energy Blog Reaches 250 Posts

We are happy to report that we have reached 250 blog posts! Continue reading ‘German Energy Blog Reaches 250 Posts’

First German Off-shore Wind Farm Commissioned

Alpha Ventus, Germany’s first off-shore wind farm, was officially commissioned today. Participating in the ceremony were Federal Environment Minister Dr. Norbert Röttgen and the CEOs of the construction consortium’s member companies, Dr. Werner Brinker of EWE, Dr. Wulf Bernotat of E.ON and Tuomo Hatakka of Vattenfall Europe. Continue reading ‘First German Off-shore Wind Farm Commissioned’

Gas Transmission Grid Fees to be Regulated by Federal Network Agency

Fees for long distance gas transmission have to be approved by the Bundesnetzagentur (Federal Network Agency), the Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf (ref.no. VI-3 Kart 67/08 (V)) ruled on 21 April 2010, dismissing an appeal by Statoil Deutschland Transport GmbH. Continue reading ‘Gas Transmission Grid Fees to be Regulated by Federal Network Agency’

E.ON Reported to Sell US Subsidiary

Germany’s biggest utility, E.ON AG, wants reduce debt by selling its US subsidiary, writes Handelsblatt referring to US sources.  Continue reading ‘E.ON Reported to Sell US Subsidiary’

Demonstrations Against Nuclear Power Extension Plans

Two days before the 24th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster, demonstrations against nuclear power and the ruling CDU/CSU and FDP government’s plans for an amendment of the Atomic Energy Act (AtG) took place on Saturday. The coalition government intends to allow German nuclear power plants to operate longer than currently provided for. The details, especially the duration of the extension, are presently discussed.  Continue reading ‘Demonstrations Against Nuclear Power Extension Plans’