Monthly Archive for September, 2010

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High Cost of Proposed New Emission Targets for Buildings Controversial

The government’s draft Energy Concept is promoting almost carbon neutral buildings by 2050. Haus und Grund, Germany’s largest association of private property owers, considers the plan unlawful as it is technically not feasible, particularly in inner city areas, and economically unreasonable.

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Germany – An Expensive Paradise for Solar?

Handelsblatt is today running two critical articles on the high cost of solar photovoltaic generation, quoting figures from a recent McKinsey study, RWI (Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung), and the Federal Association of Consumer Organisations (Bundesverband der Vebraucherzentralen). Continue reading ‘Germany – An Expensive Paradise for Solar?’

Study on Incentives and Impediments for Grid Expansion by Bremen Energy Institute

In a new study commissioned by the transmission system operator Amprion, the Bremen Energy Institute (Bremer Energie Institut) analyzes incentives and impediments of the current regulatory framework for an expansion of the grid.

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BVerfG Rejects Constitutional Complaints Against BGH Gas Price Rulings

The Federal Constitutional Court (Bundesverfassungsgericht – BVerfG) did not admit two constitutional complaints from Berlin-based gas supplier GASAG for decision. The BVerfG held that the rulings of the Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof – BGH) did not violate the plaintiff’s constitutional right of occupational freedom.

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New BMU Funds to Promote Energy-Efficient Waste Water Treatment Plants

Yesterday, Ursula Heinen-Esser, Parliamentary State Secretary with the Federal Ministry for the Environment (BMU), opened IFAT Entsorga 2010, the world’s leading trade fair for water, sewage, waste and raw materials management. She announced that BMU will provide funds totaling EUR 15 million for energy-efficient waste water treatment plants.

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Federal Network Agency to Enhance Competition in Metering Market

The Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur) has regulated business processes, data formats and standardized contracts for metering points and the measurement of energy, in an effort to enhance competition in the smart meter market. The move is intended to create conditions that allow competitors of the current grid operators to offer smart meters for electricity and gas.

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Nuclear Power Extension Term Sheet Released

The Federal Government has made the term sheet for a “Promotion Fund Agreement” (Förderfondsvertrag) public. The controversial document contains details on payments from the nuclear power generators for a renewable energy fund in connection with the extension of the operating times for German nuclear power plants.  Continue reading ‘Nuclear Power Extension Term Sheet Released’

Marburg’s Municipal Solar Thermal Energy Regulation Void

The Gießen administrative court declared Marburg’s solar thermal energy regulation void. The court held that the municipal rules violate the Renewable Energies Heat Act (EEWärmeG) insofar as they stipulate requirements for new buildings. Regarding existing buildings, the regulation contravened constitutional law.

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Draft German Energy Concept Released

The Ministry for the Environment (BMU) and the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi) today released their joint Energy Concept (Energiekonzept). The nuclear power extension compromise is only one of nine areas that the new Energy Concept covers.

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Government Reaches Compromise on Nuclear Power Extension

On Sunday evening, the ruling CDU, CSU and FDP German government was reported to have reached a compromise on the intended extension of the operating times of German nuclear power plants.

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