Monthly Archive for April, 2012

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Johannes Kindler and Manfred Ungemach join Bird & Bird’s Energy Group

Johannes Kindler and Manfred Ungemach have joined the Bird & Bird Energy & Utilities Sector group. These two high-profile energy lawyers add further capability and reputation to Bird & Bird’s rapidly developing team.

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FTD: 1,900 MW Solar Boom in Germany in Q1 in View of April Solar Cuts

Parliament’s decision to cut solar feed-in tariffs as of 1 April 2012 apparently lead to (another) boom in new solar capacities in the first quarter of 2012, Financial Times Deutschland (FTD) reports. Between January and March new plants with a capacity of almost 1,900 MW were installed, compared with 513 MW in the same period last year, the paper writes.

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Green Gas Grid Publishes European Biomethane Market Overview

The EU-sponsored Green Gas Grids project published an overview on the most important biomethane markets in Europe, the German Energy Agency (dena), the project co-ordinator, informed.

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BMU Responds to Greenpeace Nuclear Decommissioning Fund Initiative

In a press release the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) responded to the Greenpeace initiative regarding financial risks due to the high costs for the dismantling of the nuclear power plants following Germany’s withdrawal from nuclear energy until 2022. BMU explains the legal and factual details and says decommissioning was guaranteed.

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BNetzA Starts Data Collection for Monitoring Report 2012

The Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) informed that it started collecting data for the Monitoring Report 2012 to which the German Cartel Office also contributes. The report, due to be released at the end of year, will provide detailed information about the developments in the German electricity and gas markets in 2011, including the electricity and gas networks.

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BMU Study: Energy Policy Shift Possible and Worthwhile

The medium and long-term goals of the government’s energy policy shift of 2011 will pay off, a comprehensive 329-page study on behalf of the Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) concludes.

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Showcase Electromobility: Support for Regional Electromobility Projects

Electromobility, an aspect of the German energy policy, which was overshadowed by other energy-related developments in the recent past, has made headlines again as the federal government decided which regional electromobility projects it wants to support within the framework of the “Showcase Electromobility” programme (Schaufenster Elektromobilität) .

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New Online Application for Special Equalisation Scheme for Electricity-intensive Enterprises and Rail Operators

Applications for a limitation of the EEG surcharge under the special equalisation scheme for electricity-intensive enterprises and rail operators now have to the made online via a special internet page of the Federal Office of Economics and Export Control (BAFA), the office informed.

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Gas Grid Transmission System Operators Publish Draft of First National Gas Grid Development Plan

In accordance with legal requirements under the German Energy Act (EnWG), the German gas transmission system operators published the draft for the first national gas grid development plan (NEP Gas) for the period 2013 to 2022 on their joint website www.netzentwicklungsplan-gas.de. A preliminary draft had been submitted for consultation in late February 2012.

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OLG Düsseldorf: Verdict on Higher Grid Charges in June

Almost 300 gas and electricity network operators appealed the decisions on grid charges by the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA), claiming higher grid charges. Last week the Higher Regional Court of  Düsseldorf (OLG) held oral proceedings in 19 pilot cases.

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