Monthly Archive for December, 2011

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Federal Cabinet Adopts Amendment of Incentive Regulation Ordinance to Improve Recovery of Investment Costs

On 14 December the German government adopted an amendment of the Incentive Regulation Ordinance (ARegV), which determines the revenue caps for the grid fees German network operators can charge. The amendment provides that certain investment costs can be recovered without delay. It shall encourage the much needed grid expansion in Germany.

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Federal Cabinet Adopts Amendment of the Combined Heat and Power Act

Yesterday the German government adopted a bill amending the Combined Heat and Power Act (KWKG) in an effort to increase the share of combined heat and power plants in the electricity generation from currently 15% to 25% by 2020.

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Dena: Promotion of Energy Efficiency of Buildings Urgently Needed

A great number of old buildings in Germany is in need of energy efficient renovations, the German Energy Agency (dena) says. Hence, it was very important that the mediation committee of the Bundestag (Parliament) and the Bundesrat (Federal Council) finds an agreement on the Act on Fiscal Measures Promoting Energy-Efficient Renovations of Residential Buildings so that tax incentives are given for renovations. The bill formed part of the energy package that lead to a change in Germany’s energy policy this summer, but was not adopted by the Bundesrat.

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Röttgen Calls For Master Plan to Implement Energy Policy Shift

In an article for the newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ), Federal Environment Minister Dr. Norbert Röttgen called for a master plan to implement this summer’s decisions by the Bundestag (Parliament) and Bundesrat (Federal Council) to phase out nuclear energy in Germany by 2022 and gradually replace it by more renewable energy.

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Federal Cartel Office Clears 24% RWE Stake in Stadtwerke Unna

RWE AG (RWE) has been granted clearance for its 24% stake in the municipal utility Stadtwerke Unna GmbH (SWU) by the Bundeskartellamt (German Federal Cartel Office), following a detailed examination pursuant to the merger control regulations of the German Act against Restraints on Competition (GWB). Bundeskartellamt held that the merger did not reinforce RWE’s position in the electricity markets.

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BNetzA: Consultation Procedure on Closed Distribution System Operators

The Federal Network Agency has started a consultation procedure on Closed Distribution System Operators. Additional information was provided in an information session on the consultation process on Friday 9 December. Continue reading ‘BNetzA: Consultation Procedure on Closed Distribution System Operators’

Ordinance on Certificates of Origin for Electricity from Renewable Energy Sources Enters into Force

Today the Ordinance on Certificates of Origin for Electricity from Renewable Energy Sources (Verordnung über Herkunftsnachweise für Strom aus erneuerbaren Energien – HkNV) enters into force. The ordinance transposes Article 15 Directive 2009/28/EC on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources into German law.

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State Economics Ministers Want to Exempt Storage Power Plants from EEG Surcharge

In a meeting on 5/6 December of the Economics Ministers of the sixteen German states, the ministers said they wanted to exempt storage power plants from the EEG surcharge. Continue reading ‘State Economics Ministers Want to Exempt Storage Power Plants from EEG Surcharge’

Federal Network Agency Approved Scenario Framework for Grid Development

Yesterday the Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur) announced the major content of its scenario framework for future grid development.  The scenario framework is the basis for the national grid development plan, including all measures for grid expansion, grid optimization) which the TSOs have to present on an annual basis, for the first time on 3 June 2012

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Federal Government: Large-scale Use of Electricity Storage Facilities Currently Not Likely

A large-scale use of electricity storage facilities is presently not likely, the German government said in response (ref.no. 17/7758) to a minor interpellation of the Alliance 90’/The Greens (ref. no. 17/7244).  Continue reading ‘Federal Government: Large-scale Use of Electricity Storage Facilities Currently Not Likely’