Monthly Archive for December, 2010

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Norbert Röttgen Welcomes Cancun Agreements

Federal Minister for the Environment Norbert Röttgen welcomed the so-called “Cancun Agreement”, a package of decisions adopted by the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Cancun, Mexiko, (COP 16/CMP 6).

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EU Competitveness Council Extends State Aid for Loss-making Coal Mines Until 2018

EU Ministers meeting within the Competitiveness Council on 10 December 2010  adopted a new coal regulation enabling Member States to grant State aid to facilitate the closure of uncompetitive mines until 2018, following the expiry of the current Coal Regulation (Council Regulation (EC) N° 1407/2002 of 23 July 2002) on 31 December 2010.

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Cancun: German Environment Minister Calls Climate Protection an Opportunity for Economic Growth

In a speech given at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP16) in Cancun, Mexico, German Environment Minister Norbert Röttgen tried to rally more support for climate protection by pointing out the potential benefits for economic growth.

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European Commission Proposes Rules for Wholesale Energy Markets to Prevent Market Manipulation and Insider Trading

On 8 December 2010, the European Commission presented its new Proposal for a Regulation on “Energy market integrity and transparency”. With Europe’s wholesale energy markets becoming increasingly interlinked, the proposed regulation aims at ensuring market transparency and integrity by preventing market manipulation and insider trading. It also gives ACER an import role in the implementation of the new rules.

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President Wulff Signs Energy and Climate Package Laws, Including Nuclear Power Extension

Federal President Chrisian Wulff today signed the four laws of the energy and climate package and ordered the laws to be promulgated. The package includes the controversial 11th amendment of the Atomic Energy Act (Atomgesetz – AtG) with the extension of the operating times of the German nuclear power plants.

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SPD/Green Coalition in NRW to Facilitate Energy Activities of Municipalities

The ruling coalition of Social Democrats (SPD) and Greens in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) is planning to facilitate energy activities of municipalities in NRW. The parties have agreed on amendments to their bill for the “revitalisation of municipal economic law” (Gesetz zur Revitalisierung des Gemeindewirtschaftsrechts), Rheinische Post writes.

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BMU Denies Export License for Spent Nuclear Fuel Rods to Russia

The Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Protection and Nuclear Safety (BMU) headed by Minister Norbert Röttgen denied its consent for a necessary export license to transport spent research nuclear fuel rods to Russia.

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State of Baden-Württemberg to Acquire EdF Stake in EnBW

This morning the state government of Baden-Württemberg and the board of directors of the French utility EdF both approved the acquisition of EdF’s 45.01% stake in EnBW AG by a subsidiary of the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg, NECKARPRI GmbH. EnBW AG is based in Karlsruhe in the state of Baden-Württemberg, and is Germany’s third largest utility.

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MoU for North Seas Countries Offshore Grid Initiative Signed

On Friday, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Luxemburg, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, and the United Kingdom have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to create a network linking offshore windfarms in the North Seas. The MoU covers a surface area of about 760,000 km² in the North Sea, including the Channel, the Celtic Sea, and the Irish Sea. Energy capacity from the European offshore sector is considered to be bigger than that from the oil capacity in the Middle East.

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Forum Netzintegration Presents “Plan N” for Grid Expansion

Grid expansion has been identified as the main bottleneck for restructuring the German energy infrastructure with regard to the increasing input from renewable energy sources, as recently confirmed by Dena’s Grid Study II. Last Friday, Forum Grid Integration (Forum Netzintegration) presented its “Plan N” comprising political action recommendations allowing an integration of renewable energies sources.

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