Monthly Archive for September, 2011

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Preliminary New German PV Capacity in June 664 MWp – Adjustment of Older Figures

According to preliminary figures from the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA), 664 MWp in new German PV capacity were added in June. BNetzA also appears to have revised PV capacity figures for prior months.

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European Parliament Approves Regulation on Energy Market Integrity and Transparency (REMIT)

On Wednesday the European Parliament adopted its position for the Regulation on Energy Market Integrity and Transparency (REMIT) that shall establish rules prohibiting abusive practices on wholesale energy markets. REMIT aims at ensuring the integrity and transparency of European energy markets, preventing insider trading and market manipulation for the benefit of consumers on the increasingly interlinked European markets.

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2011 Monopolies Commission Report on Competition in Gas and Electricity Markets

The Monopolies Commission (Monopolkommission) has presented its third report on the energy markets, entitled “Energy 2011: Development of Competition with Light and Shade” (“Energie 2011: Wettbewerbsentwicklung mit Licht und Schatten”). It calls for a competition-oriented energy policy and expressly demands changes concerning the promotion of renewable energy sources.

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BDEW: Germany Remains Electricity Exporter, But Imports Increase Significantly

Germany remained an electricity exporter during the first half of 2011. However, electricity imports significantly increased, the Federal Association of the Energy and Water Industry (BDEW) reported.

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RWE Distribution Network Operators Report 50% Increase in Renewable Power Plants Connected to Grid in 2010

With 60,000 new renewable power plants connected to the grids of its distribution network operators in 2010, Essen-based utility RWE AG, reported a 50% increase year-on-year.

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BNE Paper on Capacity Market Calls for New Flexible Gas-Fired Power Plants

As of 2022, roughly 10 GW of electrical output will be needed, the Federal Association of New Energy Suppliers (bne) said at the presentation of a paper on “Capacity Markets – Framework Conditions, Necessity and Key Point for Implementation (“Kapazitätsmarkt – Rahmenbedingungen, Notwendigkeit und Eckpunkte einer Ausgestaltung”). Bne suggests that new, flexible and adjustable gas-fired power plants fill the gap, but says that they are currently not cost-effective.

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BNetzA Starts Consultation on Return on Equity Rates for Electricity and Gas Grids

The Federal Network Agency opened the consultation phase for return on equity rates for the second regulation period. The agency proposes to lower the rate before corporate tax from 9.29% to 8.2% for new installations. Affected market participants are asked to comment by 5 October 2011.

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Speculation about Rising EEG Reallocation in 2012

The negative balance on the account showing income and expenditures related to the EEG reallocation charge (EEG-Umlage, also called EEG surcharge) gives rise to speculations of another increase of the surcharge in 2012.

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Nord Stream AG Starts Fill-In of Line 1 With Buffer Gas

On 6 September, Nord Stream AG started filling Line 1 of its twin pipeline system linking the European Union directly to Russia’s large gas reserves via the Baltic Sea.

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BDEW Warns of Underfunding of Energy and Climate Fund and Calls for Improved Promotion of Energy-Efficient Renovation

The Federal Association of the Energy and Water Industry (BDEW) warned against a lack of funding of the Energy and Climate Fund, which BDEW called a key element in the recent change of the German energy policy that provides for a withdrawal from nuclear power and more renewable energy. Without adequate funding for the promotion of energy efficiency and the development of innovative technologies in the field of renewable energy there was the danger that essential support programmes had to be cut back, Hildegard Müller, head of BDEW pointed out.
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