Monthly Archive for February, 2011

Federal Network Agency: New Gas Capacity Management Rules

In a decision issued last week, the Federal Network Agency, the German grid regulator, set new rules concerning gas grid capacity management. The decision is aimed at improving access to the gas transmission network. The new rules complement and unify already existing regulations.

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Bundestag Adopts Renewable Energy Amendments, including 2011 Solar Feed-In Tariff Reduction

The German Bundestag (Parliament) yesterday adopted a revision of the German Renewable Energy Sources Act, including in particular the recently agreed changes for solar feed-in tariffs, for the green power privilege, and changes due to the transposition of Directive 2009/28/EC on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources.

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German Cartel Office Clears Evonik Steag Acquisition

The German Cartel Office has cleared the sale of a 51% stake in the Essen-based Evonik Steag GmbH to a holding company of seven municipal utilities located in North Rhine-Westphalia (Kommunale Beteiligungsgesellschaft GmbH). The Office also stopped antitrust proceedings against Evonik Industries AG and RWE AG relating to electricity contract clauses suspected to restrict competition.

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BDEW Survey of 2010 Electricity Generation Sources

According to a survey published yesterday by the Federal Association of the Electricity and Water Industry (BDEW), electricity generation using coal, nuclear and gas still accounted for almost 80% of German electricity consumption in 2010. Electricity generated by renewable sources rose slightly to 17%.

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NRW Presents New Draft Wind Power Decree

NRW’s minority government is planning to increase wind energy generation from 3% to at least 15% by 2020. To this end, the state Environment Ministry, the Ministry of Economics and Energy and the State Chancellery have recently submitted a new joint draft wind power decree for review by selected associations (Verbändeanhörung).

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BGH: More Gas Price Adjustment Clause Decisions

In a recent ruling, the Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof – BGH) again declared a gas price adjustment clause in a contract with a special customer void. In another gas case, it asked the European Court of Justice for a ruling.

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Government Approves Amendment of German Greenhouse Gas Emission Trading Law

The German government yesterday approved an amendment of the Greenhouse Gas Emission Trading Act (TEHG) transposing Directive 2009/29/EC on a greenhouse gas emission allowance trading scheme of the European Community into German law.

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Greenpeace Publishes Map with Potential German CCS Storage Sites

In connection with the upcoming German carbon capture and storage (CCS) law, Greenpeace has published a map of 408 potential German CCS storage sites. The publication came after some legal wrangling about whether information provided under the Environmental Information Act (UIG) can be published by the recipient.

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Federal Network Agency: Not Higher Revenue But Shorter Approval Procedures Encourage Grid Expansion

Allowing network operators a higher revenue would do more harm than good, the president of the Federal Network Agency told the Handelsblatt. Instead, approval procedures for modernisation and expansion projects had to be simplified and streamlined, he said.

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EAG EE Decision Including Solar Feed-in Tariff Reduction Scheduled for 24 February 2011

The Bundestag has scheduled it final second and third parliamentary reading of  the Europarechtsanpassungsgesetz für Erneuerbare Energien (EAG EE)  for 24 February 2011.  The EAG EE shall also contain the July/September reduction of solar feed-in tariffs.

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