Monthly Archive for April, 2012

BMU Creates Renewable Energy Platform

With Germany slowly realising that implementing last year’s energy policy shift away from nuclear power towards a renewable energy supply is a huge task, Federal Minister for the Environment announced the creation of a new national working group for renewable energy, the “Renewable Energy Platform”. The announcement came just days after the new steering committee “Energy Policy Shift”, which is jointly lead by the Environment Ministry (BMU) and the Economics and Technology Ministry (BMWi), convened for the first time.

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Alliance of European Gas TSOs to push European Capacity Platform

In an effort to meet future European market rules, sixteen major European gas transmission system operators (TSOs) have taken the initiative to bundle their efforts and experience in the field of capacity booking platforms to move towards a joint European capacity platform, signing a Memorandum of Understanding defining the shape of the new capacity platform.

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Handelsblatt: Another Considerable Rise of EEG Surcharge on the Horizon

The surcharge or reallocation charge for renewable energy sources pursuant to the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) may rise from  3.592 ct/kWh in 2012 to between 4.8 to 5.2 ct/kWh in 2013, the newspaper Handelsblatt reported.

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BDEW Data on Power Plant New Build and Electricity Consumption

The German energy industry is planning to invest more than EUR 60 billion in the construction and the modernisation of 84 large power plants with an installed capacity of roughly 42,000 MW, the Federal Association of the Energy and Water Industry (BDEW) reported.

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2nd BMWi Power Plant Forum Debates New EWI Study on Design of Electricity Markets to Ensure Sufficient Power Plant Capacity

After a new study by the Institute of Energy Economics at the University of Cologne (EWI) on the best market design to secure sufficient power plant capacity in a country that is increasingly relying on renewable energy, the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi) invited to the second Power Plant Forum to dicuss the findings with the federal states and the trade associations.

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BMWI and BMU Discuss Next Steps to Implement Energy Policy Shift

In a first meeting of the new steering committee “Energy Policy Shift”, the progress made in the implementation and the next steps were discussed, the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi) and the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) said in a joint press release.

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50Hertz Publishes Load Flow Data

Friday last week 50Hertz Transmission GmbH, the transmission system operator (TSO) whose grid covers large parts of Eastern and Northern Germany, started publishing the load flow data for its grid on the internet. It is the first TSO in Germany to do so.

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Chancellor Merkel: Grid Development Plan to Become Law by End of Year

In an interview with Rheinische Post (RP), chancellor Angela Merkel said the government planned to present a bill on the national grid development plan at the beginning of June and wanted the bill to become effective by the end of the year.

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VDE Study: Energy Shift Towards Renewables Needs Back-up by Flexible Conventional Power Plants

Last year’s energy policy shift away from nuclear power towards a renewable energy supply needs to be backed up by a fleet of flexible conventional power plants, a study by Association for Electrical, Electronic and Information Technologies (VDE) concludes.

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German Cartel Office Still Cautious with Market Definition in Gas Market, But Clears Merger of Regional Gas Supplier ESW Gas

A decision (ref. no. B8 124/11) taken by the German Cartel Office in March, clearing the merger of  ESW GasVertrieb GmbH (ESW Gas) with Energie Südwest AG (ESW AG), is now available online. The decision was taken following a review by the Cartel Office, as the majority shareholder of ESW AG is Enovos Deutschland AG (Enovos), the established transnational gas supplier in the German state of Saarland, southern Rhineland-Palatinate and Luxembourg, which was formed by a merger of Saar Ferngas and two electricity and gas companies from Luxembourg.

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