Monthly Archive for January, 2011

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Federal Network Agency: Determination Procedure for Conversion Fee in Natural Gas Markets

The Federal Network Agency as the regulative authority of natural gas markets in Germany initiated proceeding to set a conversion fee system (Konvertierungsentgeltsystems)  for market areas with natural gas of high and low calorific value (qualitätsübergreifende Marktgebiete).

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DIHK Demands to Use Leeway in EU Greenhouse Gas Emission Trading Directive for Exemption of Small Installations

On Friday, the German Chamber of Industry and Commerce (DIHK) called on the government to use the leeway given in Directive 2009/29/EC concerning greenhouse gas emission allowance trading scheme of the Community with respect to the exclusion of small installations.

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German Cartel Office Sector Inquiry Finds no Evidence of Abuse of Market Power in Electricity Wholesale Market

The sector inquiry into the electricity wholesale sector which the German Cartel Office it launched in March 2009 found no evidence of market abuse by the main players, but revealed an unsatisfactory competitive sitution, the Office said in a press release.

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Discussion About Mid-Year Solar Feed-in Tariff Cuts Gathers Momentum

With massive solar expansion despite regular cuts of feed-in tariffs and rising electricity prices, the debate about further cuts is gathering momentum. However, information about an agreement between the Federal Government and the solar industry is still limited.

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Fraunhofer ISE Study on Development of Solar and Wind Power Generation Costs Until 2030

A study by Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE concerning generation costs for wind and solar power in the third quarter of 2010 is now available on the internet in German. The study forecasts cost developments until 2030 by modeling market growth and cost learning curves.

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E-Energy Annual Convention Highlights Smart Grid Pilot Projects

More than 300 experts convene in Berlin for the 2nd E-Energy Convention on 11/12 January 2010. The convention highlights smart grid pilot projects.

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CCS Bill in Federal Cabinet in January?

According to energate, the renewed bill transposing Directive 2009/31/EC on the geological storage of carbon dioxide (CCS) into German law shall be submitted to the Federal Cabinet this January. Germany has to implement the Directive by 25 June 2011.

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Several Local Utilities Want to Leave SüdWestStrom’s Brunsbüttel Power Plant Project

With the public utilities of the towns of Schleswig, Wedel and Quickborn, more local utilities announced that they no longer want to participate in the 1,800 MW coal-fired power plant project in Brunsbüttel near Hamburg. All companies cited the government’s nuclear power extension as a reason.

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New German PV Capacity 2010: 341 MWp in October and September Correction Lead to 5,874 MWp in First 10 Months

According to the latest figures from the Federal Network Agency, October 2010 brought 340.541 MWp of newly installed PV systems in Germany. September figures were corrected upwards from 492.877 MWp to 654.368 MWp. For the first ten months of 2010, this brings the total to 5,874 MWp.

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BMU Expands Research Support Program for Renewable Energy

The Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Protection and Nuclear Safety (BMU) will expand its research support program for renewable energy by EUR 8 million to EUR 128 million in 2011.

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