Monthly Archive for February, 2012

Swissgrid Joins International Grid Control Cooperation

As of tomorrow, the Swiss transmission system operator (TSO) Swissgrid will join the International Grid Control Cooperation (IGCC) for optimised control energy utilisation. This shall lead to further cost reductions in the range of several millions of Euros and increasing disposable control reserves to ensure system security, Tennet TSO GmbH, one of the four German TSOs that originally established the German Grid Control Cooperation in 2008, informed.

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DEHSt Informs About Use of CERs in European Emission Trading as of 2013

The Emissions Trading Authority (DEHSt) at the Federal Environment Agency (UBA) published a fact sheet (in German) with information about the use of Certified Emission Reductions (CERs) in European emission trading as of 2013.

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New BMWi Energiewende Newsletter

A newsletter on the German “Energiewende” (energy turnaround) provided by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology will inform about the progress made in restructuring the German energy infrastructure following Germany’s decision after the Fukushima nuclear disaster to pull out of nuclear energy earlier than previous envisaged and reach an 80% renewable energy supply by 2050.

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BNetzA and Grid Operators Reach Agreement for ARegV Investment Budgets

The German grid regulator, the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) and reportedly 38 grid operators have reached a settlement regarding investment budgets pursuant to the Incentive Regulation Ordinance (ARegV), which determines the revenue caps for the grid fees German network operators can charge.

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BMWi and BMU Reach Agreement Regarding Solar Feed-in Tariff Cuts and EU Energy-Efficiency Directive

In a joint press conference Minister Philipp Rösler (Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology – BMWi) and Minister Norbert Röttgen (Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety – BMU) presented plans for further solar feed-in tariff cuts and their common position concerning the EU proposal for a Directive on Energy Efficiency. In the past both ministers had expressed different views and ideas on the two topics.

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State Aid for the Coal Sector – Inevitable or Dispensable?

My article “State Aid for the Coal Sector – Inevitable or Dispensable?” has just been published in European State Aid Law Quarterly (EStAL). The article is much more comprehensive that what I can put in a blog post.

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EEG Clearing Agency: Vote on Solar Feed-in Tariffs for Installation on Commercial Use Conversion Area

Clearingstelle EEG (EEG Clearing Agency) has issued a vote concerning solar feed-in tariffs for solar plants on conversion areas from commercial use.

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Gas Transmission System Operators Publish Draft National Gas Grid Development Plan

The German gas transmission system operators published a draft of the national gas grid development plan (NEP Gas) on their joint website www.netzentwicklungsplan-gas.de. It shall serve as a basis for the first NEP Gas, which the gas transmission system operators have to present to the German grid regulator, the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) until 1 April 2012.

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BNetzA Reported to Investigate Electricity Trading During Recent Cold Spell

According to various newspapers, the German grid regulator BNetzA sent a letter to power traders on Monday, informing that it was investigating allegations that operating reserves had to be used during the recent cold spell to make up for balancing forecast errors by suppliers.

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Federal Cabinet Facilitates Change of Supplier for Standard Customers

Yesterday the German government (Federal Cabinet) approved a draft ordinance to amend several energy law related ordinances. The amendments shall facilitate and accelerate the switch of the supplier for standard customers with no special supply arrangements (Grundversorgung).

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