Monthly Archive for August, 2010

Phase-out of 75 W Light Bulbs as of 1 September 2010

Last year 100 W light bulbs were phased out following the EU Ecodesign Directive. As of tomorrow, 75 W light bulbs follow suit. Sales will continue until stocks run out.

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Energy Scenario Study for German Energy Concept Published

The government has published the study it commissioned to model nine scenarios for its upcoming Energy Concept. Key variables in the scenarios are upgrading costs and the number of additional years (0, 4, 12, 20, and 28) that the German nuclear power stations shall be allowed to operate. Continue reading ‘Energy Scenario Study for German Energy Concept Published’

Merkel: Nuclear Power Extension of 10 to 15 Years Technically Desirable

Chancellor Angela Merkel once again confirmed that nuclear power a “bridging technology” for renewable energy in an interview with ARD, one of the two major public television stations. An extension of 10 to 15 years beyond the phase-out dates stipulated in the Atomic Energy Act (AtG) was technically desirable, she said.
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Merkel: Massive Investments in German Grid Necessary

On the last leg of her “Energy Tour” through Germany, Chancellor Andrea Merkel called for a massive expansion of the German grid.

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Chairman of Monopolies Commission Calls for Power Trading Market Surveillance Body

In an interview with Rheinische Post, Prof. Justus Haucap, Chairman of the Monopolies Commission, called for a special market surveillance body (Marktüberwachungsstelle) for power trading. The body should investigate possible market abuse and could be attached to the Federal Cartel Office.

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Reiche Calls for Port Masterplan for Offshore Wind Industry

Dr. Katharina Reiche (Christian Democratic Union – CDU) called for a masterplan to ensure port capacities for the expansion of offshore wind parks.

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Preliminary Information on Upcoming German Energy Concept

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) published preliminary information from an internal key issue paper of the Ministry for the Environment (BMU) on the upcoming energy concept. According to BMU it was one of many working papers, the status of which was unclear, FAZ said.

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First German Energy Blog Newsletter Released

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BfN Calls on Offshore Wind Developers to Contact Agency Early

The Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (Bundesamt für Naturschutz – BfN) called wind park developers to contact the agency as early as possible regarding offshore projects.

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Arthur D. Little Study on Nuclear New Build

A study by Arthur D. Little’s German Energy & Utilities practice analyzes trends and challenges in the nuclear industry with regard to the global renaissance of nuclear energy and the many new build projects.

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