Monthly Archive for January, 2012

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First Meeting of Working Group for Acceleration of Grid Connection of Offshore Wind Farms

Yesterday the new Working Group for the Acceleration of the Grid Connection of Offshore Wind Farms convened for the first time, the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technolgy reported. Last Friday Federal Minister for Economics and Technology, Philipp Rösler, had invited stakeholders to discuss the current situation with regard to the connection of offshore wind parks to the grids and suggested to form a working group.

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BMU/UBA: German Greenhouse Gas Emissions 25% Below 1990 Levels in 2010

Despite the economic upturn Germany is on track regarding its Kyoto Protocol obligations. Greenhouse gas emissions in 2010 were 25% below the 1990 levels (Kyoto Protocol reference year), corresponding to a decline of more than 295 million tons of CO2 per year, the Federal Ministry for the Environment (BMU) and the Federal Environment Agency (UBA) informed in a joint press release.

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Fiscal Court of Baden-Württemberg Denies Preliminary Injunctions Sought by EnBW Against Nuclear Fuel Rod Tax

Unlike the fiscal courts of Hamburg and Munich in similar cases brought by E.ON and RWE, the fiscal court of Baden-Württemberg denied preliminary injunctions sought by EnBW against the nuclear fuel rod tax, saying it had no serious doubts regarding the constitutionality of the tax.

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BSH Approvals for Offshore Wind Turbines Total More Than 2,000 in December 2011

By approving the construction of 97 wind turbines for the wind farm Borkum Riffgrund 2 on 31 December 2011, the number of offshore wind turbines so far approved by the Federal Agency for Maritime Shipping and Hydrography (BSH) exceeds 2,000 turbines, the agency said at its annual press conference.

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BDEW: German Electricity Consumption in 2011 Stable, Generation Declined Slightly

Electricity consumption in Germany was down by 0.5% in 2011 at 607 billion kWh compared with 610 kWh in 2010, while generation was down 2.5% at 612 billion kWh year-on-year (2010: 628 billion kWh), the Federal Association of the Energy and Water Industry (BDEW) informed based on preliminary figures.

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CEPS: Shift in German Energy Output Adversely Affects Czech Transmission System

The Czech transmission system has been repeatedly and increasingly loaded with unscheduled north-south power flows in the last year, CEPS, the Czech transmission system operator said. The company named excessive output from wind parks in northern Germany and Germany’s phase-out of nuclear energy as important causes, saying CEPS faced more frequent near-emergency situations in the Czech power system that jeopardized network security.

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German Wind Power Production Reached a Record High in December

German wind power production reportedly reached a record high in December 2011, thanks to strong winds.  According to information from transmission system operators electricity generated by windfarms increases significantly from 2.9 TWh in November 2011 to 7.94 TWh in December 2011.

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EEG 2012 Direct Marketing Possibilities

According to the newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ), many green energy providers, namely wind energy producers, have started to use the new direct marketing possibilities provided under the Renewable Energy Act (EEG) that entered into force on 1 January 2012.

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New German 7.5 GWp PV Record by End of 2011 – Total Exceeds 20.6 GWp

Germany’s newly installed PV capacity in 2011 is likely to have exceeded 7.5 GWp. According to today’s figures from the German Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur – BNetzA), new solar capacity amounted 490 MWp in September, 660 MW in September, and a record 3,000 MWp in December.

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SPD Position Paper on New Statute for Permanent Nuclear Waste Disposal

Some months ago the German government and the federal states (Länder) agreed to restart the search for a permanent German nuclear waste disposal site. The opposition Social Democratic Party (SPD) has now suggested a new statute (Endlagerverfahrensgesetz – Permanent Disposal Procedure Act) to coordinate the search process.

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