Monthly Archive for July, 2012

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EEG Clearing Agency Recommendation on Partial Payments of Feed-in Tariffs

Clearingstelle EEG (EEG Clearing Agency) has (for the most part) concluded a recommendation procedure (Empfehlungsverfahren) concerning partial payments (Abschlagszahlungen) on feed-in tariff payments for renewable energy fed into the gird. Continue reading ‘EEG Clearing Agency Recommendation on Partial Payments of Feed-in Tariffs’

BNetzA: First Draft Decisions on Certification of German Transmission System Operators

The Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) informed that it submitted the first draft decisions concerning the certification of electricity and gas transmission system operators (TSOs) to the European Commission. As things currently stand, Tennet TSO GmbH was considered not to meet the certification criteria.

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New Web Site on German Grid Expansion

BNetzA has officially launched a new web site (www.netzausbau.de) with  information on grid expansion in Germany.

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Monopolies Commission Comments on Market Transparency Agency for Gas and Electricity

In its 19th opinion concerning the competition in the trade and services sector, the Monopolies Commission welcomes the establishment of a market transparency agency for gas and electricity wholesale, but demands changes.

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ENTSO-E Publishes Ten-Year Network Development Plan

The European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E) has released its Ten-Year Network Development Plan 2012 (TYNDP) and submitted it to the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER) for opinion in line with Regulation 2009/714/EC on conditions for access to the network for cross-border exchanges in electricity.

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Lawsuits on Shutdown Orders for Biblis A and B Nuclear Power Plants Admissible

The Higher Administrative Court of Hesse (Hessischer Verwaltungsgerichtshof) has decided that the lawsuits against the preliminary shutdown orders for the Biblis A and B nuclear power plants are admissible (zulässig). The Court held that RWE had a justified interest in having the legality of the shutdown orders reviewed. A future liability lawsuit against the state of Hesse would not be obviously without any chance of success.

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German Solar Power Generation 14.7 TWh in First Half of 2012 – 50 % Increase

About 1.2 million PV systems contributed 14.7 TWh to the German electricity generation mix in the first six months of the year, the German Solar Industry Association BSW-Solar reports.

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ACER and CREER Launch Consultation on 2013 Work Programmes

The EU Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER) and the Council of European Energy Regulators (CEER) have launched a consultation on their 2013 draft work programmes.

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BNetzA Study: Restricted Usability of Railway Lines for Grid Expansion

Railway lines can only be used under limited conditions to contribute to the necessary grid enhancement and expansion in Germany, a study commission by BNetzA found. This is due to technical restrictions and high costs.

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Joint BMWi/BMU Paper on Liability Regime for Offshore Grid Connection and Offshore Grid Development Plan

BMWi and BMU have issued a joint press release highlighting key items for a future liability regime for offshore wind farm grid connection and an offshore grid development plan. Grid connection had become a major challenge for German offshore wind parks, and the joint paper presents a first official overview of how the government wants to move ahead.

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