Monthly Archive for March, 2011

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Bundesrat Clears Renewable Energies Package, including 2011 Solar Feed-In Tariff Reduction

The Bundesrat (Federal Council) today cleared the European Law Alignment Act for Renewable Energies (EAG EE). the act transposes Directive 2009/28/EC on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources, but most importantly cuts solar feed-in tariffs and the so-called green power privilege pursuant to the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG).

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Increasing Contribution of Renewables to German Energy Supply in 2010

Preliminary calculations by the Working Group on Renewable Energy Statistics (AGEE-Stat) for the Federal Environment Ministry (BMU) show that the share of renewables in Germany’s electricity supply rose by about 0.5% to 17% in 2010. The share for heat increased to just under 10% in 2010 (2009: 9.1%) and the share in fuel consumption rose slightly to an estimated 5.8% (2009: 5.5%). Overall, renewables accounted for roughly 11% of Germany’s total final energy consumption for electricity, heat and fuels in 2010 (2009: 10.4%).

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Uncertainty About Legal Basis for Nuclear Power Moratorium and Shutdowns

Dr. Norbert Lammert, President of the German Parliament (Bundestag), told the newspaper Berliner Zeitung that he wanted the Bundestag administration to examine whether the moratorium on the recent nuclear power extension had to be approved by parliament. Questions have also been raised about the legal basis for the request to shut down the seven nuclear power plants.

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DUH Files Lawsuit Against E.ON’s Staudinger Power Plant Permit

Deutsche Umwelthilfe e.V. (DUH), an environmental and consumer protection organisation, announced that it brought legal action against the 1st partial permit for E.ON’s new coal-fired Staudinger power plant project in Großkrotzenburg (Hesse).

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3 Month Moratorium for German Nuclear Power Extension

Chancellor Angela Merkel has announced a 3 month moratorium on the recently decided nuclear power extension. The announcement comes after massive problems particularly in the Fukushima nuclear power plant following last week’s earth quake in Japan.

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Chancellor Merkel to Meet with Heads of Federal States Following Nuclear Crisis in Japan

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has offered Japan assistance following last week’s massive earth quake, the ensuing tsunami wave and the nuclear crisis in the Fukushima nuclear power plants. Presumably on Tuesday, Mrs Merkel will meet with the premiers of the German states in which nuclear power plants are located, she announced. Meanwhile more and more politicians of the ruling Conservative/Liberal government that passed a nuclear power extension last year openly question nuclear power.

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Incentive Regulation: Network Reliability as Quality Element

The Federal Network Agency has presented a draft decision concerning the introduction of network reliability (Netzzuverlässigkeit) as quality element pursuant to the Incentive Regulation Ordinance (Anreizregulierungsverordnung – ARegV) for the electricity sector. It also released a draft decision concerning the necessary data collection. Network operators are asked to comment by 31 March 2011. The final decision shall be published on 20 April 2011. Continue reading ‘Incentive Regulation: Network Reliability as Quality Element’

BMWi and BMU Statements on EU Energy Efficiency Plan

On 8 March the European Commission presented its Energy Efficiency Plan 2011 as part of  the Europe 2020 process. Recent press releases from the Federal Ministry for the Enviroment (BMU) and the Federal Ministry for Economics and Technology (BMWi) voice differing views with respect to binding targets.

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E 10 Summit: Launch Continues with Improved Information Policy

The launch of the new E 10 fuel shall continue. Information on the new fuel shall be improved in order to increase consumer acceptance, says a press release by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi) following yesterday’s “E 10 Fuel Summit”.

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214 MPs Ask BVerfG to Review Constitutionality of Nuclear Power Extension

214 members of the parliamentary groups of the Social Democrats (SPD) and Alliance ’90/The Greens (Greens) submitted a request to the Federal Constitutional Court (BVerfG) to review the constitutionality of the 11th and 12th amendment of the Atomic Energy Act (AtG), which lead to an extension of the operating times of the 17 German nuclear power plants.

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