Monthly Archive for April, 2011

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Nuclear Power Moratorium: Suspension of Energy and Climate Fund Payments

The  nuclear power plant operators are reported to have suspended payments into the Energy and Climate fund for the time of the government’s 3-month nuclear power moratorium.

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BDEW in Favour of Accelerated Nuclear Phase-Out

After an extraordinary and controversial meeting on Friday, the Federal Association of the Energy and Water Industry (BDEW) informed that after the Fukushima nuclear disaster it supported a faster nuclear phase-out until 2020 respectively 2022/2023 at the latest. Security of supply, climate protection and affordable energy prices should be ensured during the phase-out.

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OLG Düsseldorf: DB Energie Must Provide Access to Site Networks

During an oral hearing on Wednesday, the Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf (OLG Düsseldorf) indicated its willingness to essentially confirm a decision by the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) ordering DB Energie GmbH to provide grid access for third parties supplying energy to end customers connected to its grid, BNetzA informed. As a result, DB Energie GmbH withdrew its appeal.

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Federal Network Agency Presents Annual Report 2010

The Federal Network Agency, the German grid regulator, presented its Annual Report for 2010. President Matthias Kurth called a speedy expansion and modernisation of the energy and communications networks the top priority of the agency.

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BGH Rulings Strengthen Rights of District Heating Consumers

In two rulings the Federal Court of Justice (BGH) clarified the requirements for price adjustment clauses to be legally effective, in particular with regard to their transparency. Furthermore, the court held that district heating consumers were entitled to deny payments arguing that a price adjustment clause is void.

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Electric Bicycles and the Municipal Code

Aachen-based Trianel GmbH, a utility founded in 1999 by municipal and regional utilities, started selling electric bicycles (pedelecs) last year. The legality of the sale of the electric bicycles, which require the rider to pedal in order to activate the motor, has now been questioned. It has been argued that the sale would not be in compliance with the Municipal Code (Gemeindeordnung) of  North Rhine-Westphalia.

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5th German-African Energy Forum

Hans-Joachim Otto, Parliamentary State Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi), opened the 5th German-African Energy Forum in Hamburg on Monday. The event under the patronage of BMWi is organized jointly by the German-African Business Association, the Chamber of Commerce of the city of Hamburg and the Hanover Trade Fair.

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DEHSt: Emission Trading Limits CO2 Emissions Despite Economic Upturn

Around 1,630 energy generation and industrial plants were subject to the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading Act (TEHG) regime in 2010. They emitted 454 million tons of CO2 in Germany last year, the Emissions Trading Authority (DEHSt) announced. Continue reading ‘DEHSt: Emission Trading Limits CO2 Emissions Despite Economic Upturn’

Cabinet Approves 2nd Wind System Service Ordinance Amendment

The Federal Government recently approved the Second Ordinance Amending the Ordinance on System Services by Wind Energy Plants (SDLWindV). The amendment remedies problems with the certification of wind parks aimed at showing the necessary compliance with SDLWindV. This has been an issue for further expansion of wind energy in Germany.

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Legal Action against Shut Down Order for Biblis Nuclear Power Plants

RWE AG has brought legal action against the interim decomissioning order of the supervisory authority in Hessen for its Biblis nuclear power stations.

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