Monthly Archive for July, 2010

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Ministry for the Environment Examines Auction of Extended Operating Times of Nuclear Power Plants

The Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Protection and Nuclear Safety is currently examining the possibility to auction off an an extended operating time for the existing 17 German nuclear power plants, a number of newspapers reported. Auctions would be made to be subject to the safety of the respective plants.

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Ministers for Environment and Economics Present Key Elements of New CCS Bill

Federal Minister for the Environment Norbert Röttgen and Federal Minister of Economics Rainer Brüderle presented key elements of a bill today which provides the legal framework for testing the capture, transportation, and permanent storage of CO2 (CCS).    Continue reading ‘Ministers for Environment and Economics Present Key Elements of New CCS Bill’

Bundesrat Clears Way for Compromise on German Solar Feed-in Tariff Reduction

The Federal Council (Bundesrat) cleared the way for the compromise mid-year reduction of the German Solar Feed-in Tariffs. The compromise had been agreed in the Mediation Committe on Monday and voted on by the German Parliament (Bundestag) yesterday. Continue reading ‘Bundesrat Clears Way for Compromise on German Solar Feed-in Tariff Reduction’

Bundestag agrees with Solar Feed-in Tariff Reduction Compromise

The German Bundestag today consented to the compromise for the two-step reduction for German solar feed-in tariffs agreed at the Mediation Committee (Vermittlungsausschuss) meeting on 5 July 2010. The Bundesrat shall vote on the compromise on 9 July 2010. Continue reading ‘Bundestag agrees with Solar Feed-in Tariff Reduction Compromise’

German CCS Act Scheduled for Cabinet Decision in September

The Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety has reportedly started the inter-ministerial coordination process for the German Carbon Capture and Storage Act. The government shall decide about the introduction of the draft bill at the beginning of September, writes Handelsblatt.
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Bundestag Lifts Budget Freeze for Renewable Energy Incentive Programme

The Budget Committee of the Bundestag (German Parliament) decided to lift the budget freeze for the incentive program for renewable energy (Marktanreizprogramm – MAP) with immediate effect. Hence, funds in the amount of EUR 115 million are again available for promoting renewable energy in the heat market.

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Ampere Brings Test Case Against RWE for 2008 EEG Renewable Cost Reallocation

The Berlin-based energy broker, Ampere AG, brought a test case against RWE AG for allegedly incorrect billing with regard to renewable costs under the EEG apportionment scheme.

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Mediation Committee Compromise over German Solar Feed-in Tariff Reduction

The Mediation Committee (Vermittlungsausschuss) reportedly reached a compromise to reduce the German solar feed-in tariffs. Continue reading ‘Mediation Committee Compromise over German Solar Feed-in Tariff Reduction’

Overview German Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Law

Reducing EU and world CO2 emissions by 50% by 2050 is most likely to require the use of carbon capture and storage (CCS). An overview of the German legal CCS regime is now available on this page. Continue reading ‘Overview German Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Law’

Government to Abandon Nuclear Fuel Tax Plan?

Protests by the nuclear power plant operators may lead to the government abandoning its plan to raise a nuclear fuel elements tax of EUR 2.3 billion per year, writes Rheinische Post.

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