Monthly Archive for February, 2012

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OECD Report Germany 2012 Highlights Growth Potential of the Green Energy Sector

One of the main OECD recommendations for Germany in its Economics Report 2012 on Germany is to further tap the growth potential of the climate protection and green energy sector in a cost-effective way. A whole chapter is devoted to this topic.

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EEG 2012: Non-binding List of Raw Materials Pursuant to Biomass Ordinance

In cooperation with German Biogas Association (Fachverband Biogas), the Bavarian State Institute for Agriculture (Bayerische Landesanstalt für Landwirtschaft – LfL) has compiled a non-binding list of raw materials pursuant to the new Biomass Ordinance that entered into force on 1 January 2012.

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Amendment of Combined Heat and Power Act: More Fuel Cell Support?

The Federal Council (Bundesrat) has commented on the amendment of the Combined Heat and Power Act (KWKG), which the Federal Cabinet adopted in December 2011.

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Reduced CO2 Reduction Targets Due to Nuclear Shutdown in Baden-Württemberg

The  Baden-Württemberg coalition government (Green Party/Social Democrats) approved the key points of a Climate Protection Act. It provides for a reduction of CO2 emissions by 90% in 2050 compared with 1990. However, for 2020 it lowers the target to 25%.  The federal target is 40% for 2020.

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Still no Compromise on CCS and Energy-Efficient Renovation Bills

The Mediation Committee of the Federal Parliament (Bundestag) and the Federal Council (Bundesrat) has not yet found a compromise on the controversial CCS bill and the Act on Fiscal Measures Promoting Energy-Efficient Renovations of Residential Buildings, the Bundesrat informed.

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BMVBS and KfW Start New Support Programme for Energy-Efficient Renovation of City Districts

The Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development (BMVBS) and the state-owned KfW Development Bank (KfW) have launched a new support programme “Energy Efficient Renovation of Cities – Energy Efficient Supply of Districts” (Energetische Stadtsanierung – Energieeffiziente Quartiersversorgung) to promote energy efficiency in the municipal sector.

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BDEW Rejects EU Plans for Directive on Concession Contracts

The Federal Association of the Energy and Water Industry (BDEW) dismissed EU plans for an obligation to conduct contract award procedures with respect to service concessions. The Commission’s proposals would restrict the freedom of the municipalities to act and thus violate Article 28 of the Basic Law (German Constitution), the association declared during a hearing regarding the matter held by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology. According to BDEW, the European Parliament also spoke out against the EU plans. 

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BNetzA Approves Scenario Framework for Gas Grid Development Plan

Yesterday, the Federal Network Agency approved the scenario framework for the national gas grid development plan (NEP Gas). The scenario framework has been drawn up by the gas transmission system operators as a basis for the national NEP Gas, which they have to present to BNetzA for the first time on 1 April 2012.

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German Public Asked Again to Comment on Revised Polish Nuclear Energy Concept

The German public and German authorities once again have the opportunity to comment on the draft for a Polish Nuclear Energy Programme, as a change in the documentation for the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) procedure initiated last year requires the renewed participation procedure, the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Power (BMU) informed.

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Draft Bill Tightening Legal Requirements for Fracking?

The Federal Ministry for the Environment (BMU) lead by CDU Minister Norbert Röttgen is preparing a draft bill that will tighten the legal requirements for fracking, newspapers of the Essen-based WAZ media group and other sources reported.

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