Monthly Archive for June, 2010

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Chancellor Merkel Invites for Nuclear Power Talks

Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) invited the heads of the four major German utilities E.ON AG, RWE AG, Vattenfall and EnBW for talks about an extension of the operating times of the 17 German nuclear power plants next Wednesday.
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Nuclear Power Industry Considers Legal Action Against Nuclear Fuels Tax

The operators of the German nuclear power plants are considering legal action against the EUR 2.3 billion nuclear fuel elements tax that the government is planning to impose as of 2011.

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Fraunhofer ISI Study on Costs and Benefits of Renewable Energy

A recent update to a March 2010 Fraunhofer ISI study with 2008 data on the costs and benefits of renewable energy development for the German power and heat sectors now includes data for 2009, and gives an up-to-date picture of the impact of renewable energy expansion.  Continue reading ‘Fraunhofer ISI Study on Costs and Benefits of Renewable Energy’

Mediation Committee on Solar Feed-In Tariff Cuts Ajourned to 5 July 2010

The Mediation Committee (Vermittlungsausschuss) of the German Bundestag (Federal Parliament) and the Bundesrat (Federal Council) adjourned its decision on the solar feed-in tariff reduction to 5 July 18:00 CEST.

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Solar Feed-in Tariff Cuts in Spain May Affect German Solar Investors

As part of the austerity measures to balance its budget, Spain is thinking of reducing its solar feed-in tariffs for existing solar installations by 30%, Financial Times Deutschland (FTD) reports. FTD is quoting a representative of the lobby group ASIF.

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VDMA Calls on Politicians to Overcome Adminstrative Restraints to Raise Wind Power Output

According to a study commissioned by VDMA (Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau – German Engineering Federation), wind power capacities will triple in Germany and quintuple in Europe by 2030.  Wind power accounts for 23% of energy consumption in Europe and 33% of energy consumption in Germany. Continue reading ‘VDMA Calls on Politicians to Overcome Adminstrative Restraints to Raise Wind Power Output’

Siemens Secures 60-Hertz Market Entry for New Energy-Efficient Gas Turbine

Siemens AG announced that its energy division secured a contract with Florida Power & Light to supply the utility with six of its newest highly energy-efficient H-Class gas turbines. The turbines are rated for 60 percent efficiency in combined cycle operation.  Continue reading ‘Siemens Secures 60-Hertz Market Entry for New Energy-Efficient Gas Turbine’

Global Wind Day – Wind Power Statistics Germany 2009

Today, 15 June 2010, is global wind day. Events worldwide highlight the importance of wind power as a renewable and clean energy.  Continue reading ‘Global Wind Day – Wind Power Statistics Germany 2009’

Lichtblick: Electricity Costs Do Not Benefit from Extension of Nuclear Power

The government’s plan to extend the operating times of the 17 German nuclear power plans will not have a significant effect on electricity costs, says a study commissioned by the Hamburg based utility Lichtblick. Lichtblick claims to be the market leader for green electricity. Continue reading ‘Lichtblick: Electricity Costs Do Not Benefit from Extension of Nuclear Power’

Federal Network Agency Approves Investment Budget of Joint Grid Connection for Off-Shore Wind Parks

The Bundesnetzagentur (Federal Network Agency), the German grid regulator, approved the investment budget for a joint grid connection of several off-shore wind parks in the off-shore cluster SylWin off the island of Sylt in the North Sea. Shortly before the Agency had approved the investment budgets for a similiar purpose in the cluster BorWin off the island of Borkum, which is also located in the North Sea. Continue reading ‘Federal Network Agency Approves Investment Budget of Joint Grid Connection for Off-Shore Wind Parks’