Monthly Archive for April, 2010

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Coalition Experts Agree on Solar Feed-in Tariff Cuts

Energy and environmental experts of the ruling CDU/CSU and FDP government have largely agreed on cuts for solar feed-in tariffs, which are paid pursuant to the Renewable Energy Sources Act (Erneuerbare Energien Gesetz – EEG), Reuters reported. Continue reading ‘Coalition Experts Agree on Solar Feed-in Tariff Cuts’

RWE Wants to Increase Electricity Generation from CO2 Free or CO2 Reduced Sources

RWE AG intends to increase its electricity generation from CO2 free or CO2 reduced energy sources, such as renewables, gas and nuclear power, to three quarters until 2025, CEO Jürgen Großmann said at the annual shareholders’ meeting. Renewable energy shall account for 30% of the energy supply by this time.  Continue reading ‘RWE Wants to Increase Electricity Generation from CO2 Free or CO2 Reduced Sources’

Controversial Parliamentary Hearing on Solar Feed-in Tariff Reduction Amendment

The German Parliament yesterday held a hearing on the potential effects of the proposed cuts for solar feed-in tariffs in the Renewable Energy Sources Act (Erneuerbare Energien Gesetz – EEG).  Not surprisingly, the experts disagreed on what would be an acceptable reduction level. Continue reading ‘Controversial Parliamentary Hearing on Solar Feed-in Tariff Reduction Amendment’

Röttgen Proposes Grid Summit

While visiting Hannover Messe (Hanover Fair) Federal Minister of the Environment Norbert Röttgen (Christian Democratic Union – CDU) suggested a grid summit in order to expand the grid to accommodate more renewable energy. Continue reading ‘Röttgen Proposes Grid Summit’

Possible EUR 100 Million Solar Research Promotion Scheme

The Federal Government wants to allocate EUR 100 million over the next three to four years for a solar research promotion scheme, write Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) and Tagesspiegel. The government wants the solar industry to contribute an additional EUR 500 million, FAZ adds.  Continue reading ‘Possible EUR 100 Million Solar Research Promotion Scheme’

Nordex Expects Growth on Previous Year’s Level

On Monday, Nordex AG, located in Norderstedt near Hamburg, released final full-year figures for 2009, which confirmed the preliminary figures posted in March. Continue reading ‘Nordex Expects Growth on Previous Year’s Level’

Hanover Fair Highlights Energy, Energy Efficiency and Electromobility

This year’s Hanover Fair (Hannover Messe), the world’s leading industrial fair, is held under the motto “Efficiency – Innovation – Sustainability”. Three of the eight fairs that take place under the roof of Hanover Fair highlight energy topics: Energy, Power Plant Technology, and MobilTtec.  Continue reading ‘Hanover Fair Highlights Energy, Energy Efficiency and Electromobility’

CDU/CSU Want to Increase Funding for Electric Cars

The Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and its Bavarian sister party, the Christian Social Union (CSU), two of the ruling government parties, want to increase state funding for electric cars, thus accelerating their market launch. Continue reading ‘CDU/CSU Want to Increase Funding for Electric Cars’

Prognos: Yearly Investments in Renewables Will Double Until 2020

Yearly investments in renewable energy will double and amount to over EUR 28 billion until 2020, the Swiss-based economic research institute and consultancy Prognos AG concludes.  Continue reading ‘Prognos: Yearly Investments in Renewables Will Double Until 2020’

New Era of Energy Remunicipalisation?

In the early nineties municipal energy supply was considered a burdensome and costly service by many municipalities. Hence, many of them outsourced the energy supply to private companies. Now, as many concession agreements with private utilities are about to expire, municipalities are reconsidering a remunicipalisation of the grids. Many municipalities are again thinking that energy and investments in its infrastructure are an attractive source of income, providing stable yields. Continue reading ‘New Era of Energy Remunicipalisation?’