Monthly Archive for November, 2010

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New Regional Planning Process for Datteln Power Plant Region Started

The regional association for the Ruhr valley area (Regionalverband Ruhr) has started a new regional planning procedure for the region including the construction site of E.ON AG’s coal-fired power plant in Datteln.

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Government Adopts Amendment of Hard Coal Funding Law

Yesterday, the Federal Government adopted a draft amendment of the law regulating the phase-out of hard coal funding (Steinkohlefinanzierungsgesetz) submitted by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi) under Minister Rainer Brüderle. The draft needs to be approved in the parliamentary approval process before becoming law.

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Federal Network Agency Releases Position Paper on Improved Forecasting and Accounting for Solar Power Input

The rapid expansion of PV installations causes considerable problems with respect to the forecast, the sale and the billing of electricity generated by PV installations, the Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur) found. Therefore Bundesnetzagentur released a position paper for improved forecasts and  accounting of solar power input.

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EEG Reallocation Charge Estimate for 2012 and Medium Term Forecast Published

The German transmission system operators Amprion GmbH, 50 Hertz Transmission GmbH, EnBW Transportnetze AG and Tennt TSO GmbH (TSOs) published their EEG reallocation charge estimate for 2012 and a medium term forecast until 2015.

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Utilities to Considerably Raise Electricity Prices for 2011

At least 21 utilities are planning to increase electricity prices considerably as of 2011, Süddeutsche Zeitung writes. The paper is referring to a still unpublished survey carried out by the German Renewable Energy Federation (Bundesverband Erneuerbare Energien – BEE).

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Nuclear Power Extension: Local Utilities Lodge Complaint with European Commission

The recent amendments of the Atomic Energy Act extending the operating times of the German nuclear power plants remain controversial. Several local utilities (Stadtwerke) are questioning whether the extension is compatible with EU law, and have lodged a complaint with the European Commission.

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Act on Energy Services and Energy Efficiency Measures Enters into Force

Yesterday, the Act on Energy Services and Energy Efficiency Measures (Gesetz über Energiedienstleistungen und andere Energieeffizienzmaßnahmen – EDL-G) entered into force. The EDL-G transposes EU Directive 2006/32/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on energy end-use efficiency and energy services into German law.

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Federal Council’s Committee on Legal Affairs Considers Consent to Nuclear Extension Necessary

According to Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ), the Committee on Legal Affairs of the Federal Council considered the Council’s consent to the nuclear power extension necessary.

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BGH: DB Energie Obliged to Seek Approval of Grid Access Charges

The Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur), the German grid regulator, informed about a still unpublished ruling by the Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof – BGH). The BGH ruling confirmed a decision by the Higher Regional Court  of Düsseldorf according to which DB Energie GmbH, a subsidiary of Deutsche Bahn (German Rail), has to seek approval of transmission grid access charges with the Federal Network Agency.

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Market Coupling Links German Electricity Market with France, Benelux and Scandinavian States

Price market coupling in the Central Western Europe (CWE) region started yesterday. The CWE region comprises Germany, France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxemburg. In addition, the Interim Tight Volume Coupling (ITVC) solution now connects the  CWE region with the Nordic market via the interconnectors between Germany and Denmark and Sweden respectively.

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