Monthly Archive for May, 2010

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Rhineland-Palatinate Wants to Invoke Mediation Committee to Soften Cuts of Solar Feed-in Tariffs

The SPD-lead government of the state of Rhineland-Palatinate is planning to invoke the mediation committee (Vermittlungsausschuss) of the Bundestag (Federal Parliament) and the Bundesrat (Federal Council). The intention is to soften the cuts of solar feed-in tariffs in the EEG (Renewable Energy Sources Act) adopted by the Bundestag  on 6 May 2010. Continue reading ‘Rhineland-Palatinate Wants to Invoke Mediation Committee to Soften Cuts of Solar Feed-in Tariffs’

Länder Consent for Nuclear Power Extension?

The German government is currently evaluating how much the operating time of the existing nuclear power plants shall be extended. As the ruling CDU/CSU and FDP coalition has lost its a majority in the Bundesrat (Federal Council) in the recent state elections, the question of whether this extension requires the consent of the Bundesrat has become more important.  Continue reading ‘Länder Consent for Nuclear Power Extension?’

6th International Geothermal Conference in Freiburg on 19/20 May 2010

The International Geothermal Conference (IGC) will take place at Freiburg Concert Hall from 19 to 20 May 2010 for the sixth time. Continue reading ‘6th International Geothermal Conference in Freiburg on 19/20 May 2010’

SMA Solar: Most Successful Quarter in Company’s History

SMA Solar Technology AG, the world market leader for photovoltaic inverters, reported the best Q1 results in company history.

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MVV Energie Sees Slight Recovery and Confirms Forecast

The regional utility MVV Energie, based in Mannheim, said it noticed a slight economic recovery since the beginning of the year, especially with regard to its business with industrial customers. Continue reading ‘MVV Energie Sees Slight Recovery and Confirms Forecast’

Details of German Mid-2010 Solar Feed-in Tariff Reduction

We have put together a new page with further details on the decision of the German Bundestag (parliament) of 6 May 2010 to reduce the German solar feed-in tariffs.

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E.ON Optimistic for Datteln Power Plant, Cancels Sale of GASAG Share

Despite the election standoff in North Rhine-Westphalia, Johannes Teyssen, the new CEO of E.ON AG, Germany’s largest utility, is reportedly still optimistic that E.ON’s coal-fired power plant building project in Datteln can go ahead. Continue reading ‘E.ON Optimistic for Datteln Power Plant, Cancels Sale of GASAG Share’

Q-Cells’ Q1 Figures Indicate Positive Effect of Restructuring

The photovoltaic company Q-Cells SE, headquartered in Bitterfeld-Wolfen, published Q1 figures that indicate the company’s restructuring measures are bearing fruit.

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Election Standoff in NRW – Consequences for Energy Policy Unclear

The preliminary official result of the state election of Germany’s most populous state North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) show the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) of the incumbent prime minister of NRW, Jürgen Rüttgers, and the Social Democratic Union (SPD), lead by Hannelore Kraft, locked in a standoff.  As with this result the CDU/FDP coalition in Berlin under Chancellor Angela Merkel no longer has a majority in the Bundesrat (Federal Council), upcoming federal energy legislation will be also be affected. Continue reading ‘Election Standoff in NRW – Consequences for Energy Policy Unclear’

English Translation German Combined Heat and Power Act

An unofficial English translation of the 2009 version of the German Combined Heat and Power Act (KWKG)  is available on the website of AGFW, the German Heat & Power Association. Continue reading ‘English Translation German Combined Heat and Power Act’