Monthly Archive for August, 2011

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Nuclear Back-up Power Plant to be Treated like Other Back-up Power Plants

The nuclear power back-up plant that can be designated by the Federal Network Agency until September pursuant to the recent 13th amendment of the Atomic Energy Act (AtG) that provides for a nuclear phase-out until 2022, is to be treated like any other back-up power plant, an answer by the government to a minor interpellation by members of the Green party stated.

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VG Neustadt Gives Go Ahead to Geothermal Project near Karlsruhe

Despite the fact that Germany has opted for a staggered withdrawal from nuclear energy until 2022 and wants to achieve an electricity supply of at least 80% by renewable energy by 2050, even renewable power plant projects are often opposed by local residents. A geothermal power plant project by GeoEnergy GmbH, Karlsruhe, in Wörth-Schaidt near Karlsruhe has, however, cleared a very first hurdle with the help of the competent Adminstrative Court of Neustadt (VG Neustadt).

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DIHK Survey: High Energy Costs Obstacle for German Competitiveness

A recent poll by the German Chamber of Industry and Commerce (DIHK) among 1,400 industrial companies and their service providers (industrienahe Serviceunternehmen) concerning their level of satisfaction with the work of the government showed that energy safety and energy prices rank high on the agenda.

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RWE, E.ON and WindMW Present Plans for Joint Maintenance and Operation Base for Offshore Wind Farm Projects

RWE  AG, E.ON AG and WindMW GmbH teamed up to cut the high operating and maintenance costs of their offshore wind farm projects in the North Sea. The companies presented plans for the construction of a service and operating station in the southern port of Helgoland. To this end, a total of three service buildings with workshops and warehouses shall be erected on a site of some 10,000 square metres, creating up to 150 jobs.

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More Laws of Energy Legislative Package Promulgated

More laws of the recent Energy Legislative Package have been promulgated in the Federal Law Gazette.

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Federal Network Agency Requests Extension of Operating Times for Older E.ON Coal-fired Power Plants

In view of a possible energy bottlenecks following Germany’s energy turnaround (and the immediate shutdown of eight nuclear power plants), the Federal Network Agency asked the government of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) to postpone the closure of four coal-fired power plants, Rheinische Post reports.  Continue reading ‘Federal Network Agency Requests Extension of Operating Times for Older E.ON Coal-fired Power Plants’

Meerwind Offshore Wind Farm First to Secure Financing Under New KfW Offshore Wind Power Programme

WindMW GmbH, a company majority owned by funds managed by Blackstone, is the first to reach financial closing under the recently launched EUR 5 billion offshore wind power funding programme by Germany’s stated-owned KfW Development Bank, for its 288MW “Meerwind” wind farm project in the North Sea.

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EEG 2009 Amendment and EEG 2012 Published in Federal Law Gazette

The recent amendment of the Greenhouse Gas Emission Trading Act (TEHG) and the Act Amending the Legal Framework for the Promotion of the Electricity Generation from Renewable Energy Sources, which both contain amendments of the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) have been published in the Federal Law Gazette.

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Bavarian Cabinet Approves Establishment of State Energy Agency

The Bavarian Cabinet approved the establishment of state energy agency. Its job is shall be to help coordinate Bavaria’s nuclear phase-out and the development of renewable energy sources.

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Federal Cabinet Adopts 3.5 Billion Energy Research Programme

The Federal Cabinet (German government) yesterday adopted the 6th Energy Research Programme worth EUR 3.5 billion over the period 2011 to 2014.

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