Monthly Archive for March, 2012

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European Parliament Backs 2050 Roadmap and Renews Demand to Increase the EU’s 2020 Emission Target

On Thursday the European Parliament adopted a non-binding resolution that supports the European Commission’s “Roadmap for moving to a low-carbon economy in 2050“, which sets a policy framework for the European Union to achieve an 80-95% reduction in its CO2 emissions by 2050. Parliament reiterated its calls to increase the EU’s 20% emissions reduction target for 2020.

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BGH Rulings on Need to Object to Price Adjustments Based on Invalid Clauses in Gas Supply Contracts

The Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof – BGH) handed down two rulings on gas prices based gas supply contracts with special customers (Sonderkunden). The customers had negotiated contracts in which the price adjustment clauses were void, but they had not objected to price increases for a considerable period of time.

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BFH Denies Preliminary Injunction Against Nuclear Fuel Rod Tax

In a decision of 9 March 2012 (ref. no. VII B 171/11) the Federal Fiscal Court (BFH) reversed a decision by the Fiscal Court of Hamburg granting a preliminary injunction against the nuclear fuel rod tax. As a consequence, the operator has to pay the tax.

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BDEW: More Household Customers Switch Suppliers

Compared with 2010 the supplier switching rate of household customers rose by 4% and amounted to 26% in the electricity sector in 2011, a survey conducted on behalf of the Federal Association of the Energy and Water Industry (BDEW) shows. Household customers also increasingly switched their gas supplier. The switching rate in the gas sector amounted to 14% in 2011.

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Jochen Homann New President of BNetzA, Peter Franke Vice-President

Yesterday, former state secretary at the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi), Jochen Homann, took office as president of the the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA).

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New BNetzA Guideline on ARegV Investment Budgets

The Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) has published a new guideline on investment budgets pursuant to Section 23 of the Incentive Regulation Ordinance (ARegV).

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Bundestag Debates Implementation of Energiewende – Solar Feed-in Tariff Cut Timetable

Almost a year after the Fukushima nuclear accident and the subsequent German energy policy shift, the Bundestag (German Parliament) debated a wide-ranging motion by Alliance ’90/The Greens (ref. no. 17/8898) entitled “A Year after Fukushima – the Energy Revolution Has to Continue”. In the ensuing debate the government coalition and the opposition discussed the progress made on the energy policy shift. The recent proposal for solar feed-in tariff cuts was among the many issues discussed.

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First Parliamentary Readings of EEG Amendment Cutting Solar Feed-in Tariffs and Amendment of KWKG

The first reading in the Bundestag (German Parliament) of the amendment the Combined Heat and Power Act (KWKG) will take place tomorrow, 8 March 2011. The first reading of the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) cutting solar feed-in tariffs is scheduled for 9 March 2011.

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Alpha Ventus Offshore Wind Farm Exceeds Projected Yield

The offshore wind farm alpha ventus located 45 kilometres north of island of Borkum in the North Sea exceeded the projected wind yield in 2011 by roughly 15%, the alpha ventus consortium DOTI informed.

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EEG Clearing Agency Publishes Advice Regarding PV Installations Near Motorways and Railways

Clearingstelle EEG (EEG Clearing Agency), which serves interested parties with regard to the interpretation and disputes relating to the EEG, has concluded an advice procedure (Hinweisverfahren) concerning freestanding PV systems that are installed within a distance of up to 110 metres to motorways and railways.

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