Monthly Archive for February, 2011

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Lawsuit Filed Against State’s Acquisition of EdF Stake in EnBW

The opposition Social Democrats (SPD) and the Greens filed a constitutional lawsuit against the acquisition of EdF’s 45.01% stake in EnBW AG by the the state of Baden-Württemberg, as announced in late January.

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Bundesrat Clears Energy Line Extension Act Amendment

In its 879th session, the Bundesrat (Federal Council), the legislative body that represents the federal states, did not object to the Energy Line Extension Act (EnLAG) Amendment, which Parliament approved on 27 January 2011.  The amendment is supposed to accelerate permitting procedures for extra high voltage lines.

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German PV Capacity 2010: 360 MWp in November Lead to 6,234 MWp for 11 Months

According to the latest figures from the Federal Network Agency, November 2010 saw 359.940 MWp of newly installed PV systems in Germany.

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Ramsauer: No Subsidy Race For Electric Cars

A subsidy race for the highest government grants has to be avoided, said Federal Minister of Transport Dr. Peter Ramsauer at the meeting of EU Transport Ministers yesterday. He called for a coordination of support schemes on the EU level.

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Administrative Office for Future Proof Network Platform

The Ministry for Economics and Technology (BMWi) has set up a special office for the Future Proof Network Platform (Plattform Zukunftsfähige Netze).

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Climate Protection Dialogue Industry and Politics Presents Final Report

Federal Minister for the Environment Norbert Röttgen and high-ranking industry officials yesterday presented the final report of the Climate Protection Dialogue Industry and Politics (Klimaschutzdialog Wirtschaft und Politk). It contains a variety of proposals for further developing the national climate protection policy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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BMWi Establishes Raw Materials Policy Unit

In light of the growing importance of a coherent raw materials policy, the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi) announced that it established a subdepartment “Raw Materials Policy”.
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Constitutional Complaint Against Nuclear Power Extension

A constitutional complaint (Verfassungsbeschwerde) against the extension of the operating times of German nuclear power plants has been submitted to the Federal Constitutional Court (Bundesverfasssungsgericht – BVerfG). The complaint is supported by Greenpeace.

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Federal Cabinet Approves Solar Feed-in Tariff Cuts and Changes for Green Power Privilege

In a attempt to cut down costs related to the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG), the main support scheme for renewable energy in Germany, the Federal Cabinet (Bundeskabinett) yesterday approved solar feed-in tariff cuts.  The cuts shall apply as of 1 July or 1 September 2011, depending on the type of installation. The Cabinet also agreed on a reduction of the green power privilege. In addition, the government announced plans to cut back certain biomass support in 2012.

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Permit for E.ON Staudinger Power Plant in Großkrotzenburg

Regierungspräsidium Darmstadt on 28 December 2010 granted the 1st partial permit for E.ON’s new coal-fired Staudinger power plant in Großkrotzenburg. The permit has yesterday been made available for public review.

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