Monthly Archive for October, 2010

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Kohler Warns of Grid Collapse If Massive PV Increase Continues

Stephan Kohler, chief executive of the German Energy Agency (dena), told Berliner Zeitung that the skyrocketing solar PV capacities might cause the grids to collapse. He called on politicians to limit growth to 1 GW of new PV capacity per year.

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President of Cartel Office Calls for Changes in EEG Feed-in Tariff System

After the recently announced  increase in feed-in tariff costs pursuant to the Renewable Energy Source Act (EEG), Andreas Mundt, president of the German Cartel Office, reiterated his call for changing the financial support system for renewable energy.

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Röttgen: Renewables Have Great Potential – Funding Needs Adaptation to Market Development

Federal Minister for the Environment Dr. Norbert Röttgen (Christian Democratic Union – CDU) emphasized the great potential of renewables. His statements came after the grid operators announced a sharp increase in the EEG reallocation on Friday. Mr Röttgen highlighted the 340,000 jobs created in the sector, the amount of greenhouse gas emissions avoided, and the relatively high amount of investments in renewables in 2009 which helped the sluggish economy.

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72% Increase in EEG Renewable Energy Reallocation Charges for 2011

As of January 2011, electricity consumers will have to pay a 72% higher EEG reallocation charge (EEG Umlage) of 3.53 Cent/kWh, the transmission system operators announced today. The increase from previously 2.047 Cent/kWh is mainly due to skyrocketing costs for additional solar capacities.

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BMU Reports 340,000 Jobs in the Renewables Sector

With 340,000 jobs in the renewables sector, the number of employees has more than doubled between 2004 and today and exceeds estimates signifcantly, a study commissioned by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Protection and Nuclear Safety (BMU) found.

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Limitations on Gas Contract Duration and Supply Quota Expired

Between 2006 and 2008 Bundeskartellamt (German Cartel Office) had investigated 15 national and regional gas transmission companies for foreclosing the market for the supply of gas to regional and local distributors by concluding long-term gas supply contracts. This led to decisions requiring the companies to limit the duration and supply quotas of gas supply contracts. After a market evaluation published in June, Bundeskartellamt decided not to extend these limitations beyond 30 September 2010.

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OVG Münster: Commercial Use of Rooftops for PV Systems May Need Separate Construction Permit

The Higher Administrative Court of North Rhine-Westphalia in Münster (OVG Münster) decided that an additional construction permit may be necessary for the commercial use of rooftops for solar installations.  Continue reading ‘OVG Münster: Commercial Use of Rooftops for PV Systems May Need Separate Construction Permit’

New Conergy Device to Measure Consumption of Self-Generated Solar Power

Conergy AG announced the market launch of its Vision Box. It helps to measure the consumption of self-generated solar power. The new device helps to benefit from a recently amended provision in the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) to increase consumption of self-generated solar energy.

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EU Intitiative to Improve National Power Line Permitting Procedures

Frankfurter Allgemeine (FAZ) reported that according to EU sources, the Commission wants EU Member States to create one public authority responsible for issuing the necessary permits for power lines, following the example of the Netherlands.

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More Electricity Grid Expansion Needed – German Rail to Help?

Handelsblatt reported data from the Germany Energy Agency’s upcoming 2nd Grid Study showing that some 3,500 km of high-voltage power lines are needed by 2020. Federal Minister of Transport, Peter Ramsauer (CSU) is examining the possibilities of using Deutsche Bahn’s (German Rail) power lines to transmit energy from northern to southern Germany, the newspaper Die Welt writes.

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