Monthly Archive for May, 2011

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RSK Publishes Safety Review Report for German Nuclear Plants

The Reactor Safety Commission (RSK) and the Federal Minister for the Environment Norbert Röttgen have presented the results of RSK’s safety checks of all 17 German nuclear power plants.  The 116 page report does not contain a specific recommendation whether or not to close down for good the seven oldest nuclear power plants or the Krümmel nuclear power plant near Hamburg. Execept for Krümmel, these plants have been temporarily shut down in the wake of the moratorium.

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National Electromobility Initiative Submits 2nd Report – Government Programme Electromobility

The National Electromobility Initiative (Nationale Plattform Elektromobilität – NPE) submitted a second report to Chancellor Angela Merkel containing an analysis of the potential of electromobility  and strategies to achieve the government’s goal of having one million electric cars on German roads by 2020. The government in turn announced to adopt a “Government Programme Electromobility” (Regierungsprogramm Elektromobilität) on 18 May 2011.

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Energy Turnaround Schedule

Further details of the legislative schedule for Germany’s post-Fukushima energy turnaround are emerging. As reported by different newspapers and magazines,  the Federal Cabinet is planning to decide about its energy package on 6 June 2011. The energy package shall contain major amendments of 7 statutes and 1 ordinance. If everything goes according to plan, the Federal Council (Bundesrat) shall pass its final vote on the amendments on 8 July 2011 during its last ordinary session before the summer recess.

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CJEU Strengthens Rights of Environmental Organisations in German Courts

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) handed down an important ruling in the Trianel Lünen power plant case. The decision deals with rights of environmental protection organisations to contest decisions that are likely to have significant effects on the environment. The CJEU held that in the Trianel Lünen case the right to contest the permit applied for European law reasons, even where national procedural laws otherwise would not permit this.

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Baden-Württemberg’s New Environment Minister Suggests Sale of EnBW’s Transmission Network

In an interview with the newspaper Frankfurter Rundschau, the  new Green Environment Minister Franz Untersteller of Baden-Württemberg suggested that EnBW considers a sale of its transmission network to fund investments in renewable energies and new efficient gas-fired power plants.

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Merkel Meets with Heads of Parliamentary Groups, CDU Presents Energy Transformation Paper

While Technology Minister Rainer Brüderle yesterday met with the state energy ministers, Chancellor Merkel met with the heads of the parliamentary party leaders to discuss the planned accelerated transformation of the German energy infrastructure. Her party, the CDU, meanwhile presented a proposal for a roadmap towards an age of renewable energy supply.
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Brüderle: Meeting with State Energy Ministers on Grid Expansion, Power Plant Construction and Storage

Federal Minister of Economics and Technology Rainer Brüderle yesterday met with the energy ministers of the sixteen German states to discuss grid expansion, power plant construction and storage technologies in view of the planned accelerated transformation of the German energy infrastructure.

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Energy Provisions in Coalition Agreement of Incoming SPD/Green Government in Rhineland-Palatinate

The incoming SPD/Green government for Rhineland-Palatinate has presented its coalition agreement. Regarding energy, the new government stresses that it wants to focus on energy-efficiency and energy savings, the expansion of renewable energies and decentralising supply.

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Draft EEG Progress Report Published

The Federal Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) on Friday published a draft of its Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) Progress Report (Erfahrungsbericht 2011 zum Erneuerbare-Energien-Gesetz – EEG-Erfahrungsbericht).

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Recommendations for 2012 Amendment of Renewable Energies Act

The Federal Ministry of the Environment (BMU) yesterday published a summary of the recommendations for further action contained in the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) progress report.  The German Bundestag (Parliament) still has to receive the report formally from the federal government.

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