Monthly Archive for March, 2012

Parliament Approves EEG Amendment Cutting Solar Feed-in Tariffs

Germany has come an important step closer to cutting solar feed-in tariffs. With 305 representatives in favour of the bill, 235 against and one abstention the German Bundestag (Parliament) yesterday approved the latest EEG amendment that cuts solar feed-in tariffs (mainly) as of 1 April 2012 for new plants.

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Federal Cabinet Adopts 8th GWB Amendment

The Federal Cabinet adopted an 8th Amendment of the German Act Against Restraints on Competition (Gesetz gegen Wettbewerbsbeschränkungen – GWB), the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi) informed.

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BMWi Presents Bill on Market Transparency Agency for Gas and Electricity Wholesale Market

The Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi) has presented a bill on the establishment of a market transparency agency for gas and electricity wholesale. The new agency is part of the 10-Point Immediate Action Programme of German Energy Concept 2010 which has partly been reversed by the 2011 energy legislative package that provides for withdrawal from nuclear energy by 2022 and shifts priority to renewable energy.

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Bundestag and Bundesrat to Vote on Solar Feed-in Tariff Cuts 29/30 March – Latest Changes

On Thursday, 29 March 2012, the second and third reading of the latest bill amending the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) will take place in the German Bundestag (Parliament). The bill shall reduce solar feed-in tariffs substantially. A day later, the Bundesrat (Federal Council) is scheduled to deal with a resolution on the bill.

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Offshore Challenges: Gode Wind II

The sale of the Gode Wind II offshore wind farm by PNE Wind AG to Hyssing Vermögensverwaltungsgesellschaft mbH, held by the Danish company Brancor Capital Partners APS, did not go through, PNE announced.

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BMWi and BMU Want to Accelerate Grid Connection for Offshore Wind

In another attempt to speed up the grid connection of offshore wind farms to reach the government’s target for offshore wind power (25,000 MW in 2030), the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi) and the Federal Ministry of the Environment (BMU) held talks with the new Working Group for the Acceleration of the Grid Connection of Offshore Wind Farms, discussing proposals put forward by the working group.

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OVG Münster: Operating Licenses of E.ON’s Shamrock and Datteln Coal-fired Power Plants Expire at End of 2012

E.ON AG could not retract its declarations to close its power plant units 1 to 3 in Datteln and the Shamrock power plant in Herne, hence the permits expire at the end of 2012.  That is what the Higher Administrative Court of Münster (OVG Münster) held in two recent rulings.

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German Cartel Office Issues Decision Against Entega Ordering Refund of EUR 5 Million to Customers

The German Cartel Office issued a decision against the Darmstadt based utility Entega, ordering the company to refund customers supplied with electricity for night storage heaters and heat pumps with a total of approximately EUR 5 million. The decision is based on an investigation of heat energy prices that Entega charged household customers and small-sized commercial customers between 2007 and 2009. The Cartel Office came to the conclusion that they were abusively excessive.

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BNetzA Reported to Expect Rising Electricity Costs Due to Higher Grid Costs

The German Grid Regulator (BNetzA) expects electricity cost to rise as the need for an expansion of the German grids will drive up costs, the newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) reports.

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BNetzA and Länder Regulatory Authorities Publish Joint Guideline for Closed Distribution Systems

The German Grid Regulator BNetzA and the regulatory authorities for electricity and gas of the ferderal states (Länder) published a joint guideline on closed distribution systems pursuant to Section 110 German Energy Act (EnWG). Closed distribution systems are exempt from a number of important provisions of the EnWG.

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